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Are you Prepared for EMS for Children Day 2017?
EMS for Children Day is Wednesday May 24!
Here are some examples of ideas to celebrate EMS providers as important health professions and to highlight the special needs in emergency care for children.
EMSC Day Proclamation
Here is a sample EMS for Children Day Proclamation that you can tailor for your state/territory if you want to pursue getting an official governmental proclamation from your elected officials. An EMSC Day proclamation is a great way to rally awareness for the needs of children in emergencies and how your state/territory EMSC program is working to address those needs.
World CPR Challenge for EMS Week
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is promoting a World CPR Challenge for EMS Week. This is a great opportunity for EMS services and hospitals in your state/territory to promote educating the public in how to perform bystander CPR. ACEP will be tracking CPR training for the public that is offered during EMS Week, May 21 - 27, 2017. This is designed to be basic information training on Compression-Only CPR for the public, but CPR certification courses could also be offered. Although compression-only CPR is not recommended for children, promoting bystander CPR in general does save lives, including children's lives.
How to Join the Effort
Support the training of individuals, organizations, businesses, bystanders or students in your communities during EMS Week 2017.
To Report Your Numbers
At the end of your training session, log into the CPR Challenge Reporting webpage to document the number of individuals you trained. The URL is available at: https://www.acep.org/emsweek/cprchallenge/
Find Other Ideas
The mission of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) is to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from severe illness or trauma.
To that end, EMSC funds and supports improvements in pediatric emergency care in every state and territory through competitive demonstration grants or cooperative agreements to state governments and accredited schools of medicine.
The four main programs in EMSC are:
- State Partnership (SP) grants that ensure that pediatric emergency care is integrated into the larger emergency medical services system.
- Targeted Issues (TI) grants that support innovative cross-cutting pediatric emergency care projects of national significance.
- State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC) grants that develop systems of care models to improve pediatric emergency care capacity in rural and tribal communities.
- The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) which supports the infrastructure to conduct meaningful and rigorous multi-institutional studies in the management of acute illness and injury in children across the continuum of emergency medicine.
Announcement| ONC Report Outlines Benefits and Challenges of Incorporating EMS in Health Information Exchange
This announcement comes from the EMSNews dated 4/18/19
Improving data sharing between EMS and other healthcare providers can have several benefits, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
The report outlines the "SAFR model," which was developed by the California EMS Authority to help provide a framework for EMS health information exchange:
- Search: Allow EMS providers in the field to search for hospital and other records that will help them make treatment and transport decisions
- Alert: Notify hospitals of incoming EMS patients with automated systems that populate emergency department dashboards with information entered by EMS in the field
- File: Incorporate the data in EMS electronic patient care reports directly into patient's longitudinal health records
- Reconcile: Provide feedback on outcomes and other hospital data to EMS agencies for billing and quality improvement
"Our partners at ONC have shown that integrating EMS into health information exchanges is already making a difference for patients and communities and opening the door for new delivery models, like community paramedicine and mobile integrated healthcare," said Jon Krohmer, MD, Director of the NHTSA Office of EMS. "These efforts are possible because of the EMS community's commitment to the development and use of a standardized, interoperable EMS information system and the adoption of NEMSIS Version 3."
The report, "Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Data Integration to Optimize Patient Care," also provides guidance to EMS systems looking to improve health information exchange as well as profiles of five regions currently involving EMS in HIE projects.
In September, officials with the ONC discussed funding opportunities for EMS and HIEs during a webinar hosted by the NHTSA Office of EMS. To watch this webinar and others from the EMS Focus series, click here.