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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.
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| REPLICA MEETS GOAL -- FIRST EMS INTERSTATE LICENSURE COMPACT BECOMES OFFICIAL
On May 8, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia signed Senate Bill 109, activating the nation’s first EMS licensure compact. With the 10th member state enactment, the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA) has become official. States that have passed REPLICA to date include: Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Virginia, Tennessee, Idaho, Utah, Mississippi, Wyoming and Georgia. Three more states have REPLICA bills under consideration in their legislative sessions. REPLICA is supported by twelve national associations and organizations. The press release announcing the 10th state signing of the legislation can be found here.
Released in 2014, REPLICA’s model legislation creates a formal pathway for the licensed individual to provide pre-hospital care across state lines under authorized circumstances. According to Keith Wages, president of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), “REPLICA represents a collective, nationwide effort to address the problems faced by responders when needing to cross state borders in the line of their duties.”
Manish Shah, member of the Executive Core, Prehospital/State Partnership Lead at the EIIC and co-chair of the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC( Ad Hoc Committee on REPLICA explained the rationale and importance of the compact in a column. NEMSAC released an advisory on REPLICA in September 2016.