The TICLS mnemonic is a useful tool for EMS providers during pediatric patient assessments.
Here's what you should know:
T - Tone: Assess the child's muscle tone. Are they floppy or rigid?
I - Interactiveness: Observe their level of interaction. Are they responsive or unresponsive?
C - Consolability: Determine if the child can be consoled or comforted.
L - Look or Gaze: Assess their eye contact and gaze. Are they making appropriate eye contact?
S - Speech or Cry: Evaluate the quality of speech or cry. Is it appropriate for their age?
Using the TICLS approach helps providers quickly assess the child's neurological status and identify any abnormalities or concerns.
It's important to remember that this is just one component of a comprehensive pediatric assessment, and additional assessments and interventions may be necessary based on the specific situation.