EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT CENTER
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| Comments Requested: Proposed Revisions Related to Pediatric Emergency Equipment
In February and March 2018, The
Joint Commission posted a field review on draft requirements addressing
pediatric equipment and supplies applicable to freestanding emergency departments
and organizations that provide episodic, urgent, or immediate care. The
proposed elements of performance required organizations to have all of the
equipment and supplies listed in the “Guidelines
for Care of Children in the Emergency Department”. Based on feedback
from the field, The Joint Commission determined that requiring all of this
equipment for these settings could be costly. As a result of this feedback and
subsequent discussions with professional associations, The Joint Commission has
the proposed language. The revised requirement is designed so that
the organization determines the types of pediatric equipment and supplies it
needs for its emergency department based on the pediatric population served and
available community resources. The proposed revised elements of performance
will apply only to hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory care
organizations that provide emergency services to pediatric patients. If you are
interested in reviewing
and commenting on the proposed requirements, please do so by
December 10, 2018.
Announcement| EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center PHOTO CONTEST
The EIIC has created a photo contest to feature a one-of-a-kind gallery that will inspire all viewers to recognize and appreciate the work of our EMSC community. We look forward to your creative submissions!
What We’re Looking For…
Photos of any EMSC activity. The photos can contain family members and care providers but we must have a photo release for each person in the photo.
Then, include a title that is unique to what is being highlighted in the photo. The title/phrase will be mounted next to the photo.
The EIIC will select the top photos for display at the 2019 EMSC All Grantee Meeting in Arlington, VA, USA.
The winner of the contest will receive a professionally mounted enlargement of their submitted photo and recognition in the Conference Agenda and at the Opening Plenary.
All photographers will be recognized on the photos displayed.
Who may enter:
· The contest is open to anyone age 18 and above
Announcement| PEDIATRICIANS, EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS AND NURSES CREATE JOINT RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENSURE INJURED AND CRITICALLY ILL CHILDREN RECEIVE THE BEST EMERGENCY CARE
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) will publish the updated joint guidelines, “Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department,” that recommend ways health care providers can make sure every injured or critically ill child receives the best care possible.
The joint policy statement, to be published in the November 2018 issue of Pediatrics, represents a revision of the 2009 policy statement and highlights recent advances in pediatric emergency care that may be incorporated into all emergency departments that care for children. The statement (available here) emphasizes the importance of evidence-based guidelines and includes additional recommendations for quality improvement plans focusing on children and disaster preparedness.