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The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) is housed at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX. Collaborating partner organizations include the Emergency Nurses Association, the National Association of State EMS Officials, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. The EIIC will utilize a clinical systems integration framework to provide the emergency care community with training, support, and tools to use quality improvement methodology in order to reduce morbidity and mortality in children.
The EIIC focuses on accelerating improvements in quality of care and outcomes for children who are in need of urgent or emergency care through an infrastructure that ensures routine, integrated coordination of quality improvement activities between key stakeholder organizations and their champions. Through its efforts, the EIIC hopes to demonstrate how leveraging quality improvement science, the experiential knowledge at TCH and BCM, and the expertise of multiple professional societies and federal organizations, can improve and transform health care outcomes for children in the United States.
The federal Emergency Medical Services for Children program works in partnership with States, communities, medical institutions, public-private partners, and families to enhance the capability and capacity of EMS systems to manage the emergency medical needs of children in the areas of prevention, pre-hospital EMS care, hospital-based care, rehabilitation and re-entry of the child into the community. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
The federal EMS for Children program established a National Resource Center in 1991, with the goal of reducing the disparities between emergency treatment of children and adults across the nation. The resources below provide additional information about the former National Resource Center and the EMSC program history.
- What is the EMSC Program: This is a 2 page summary of the EMSC program, explanation of grants, infrastructure and partnerships. Revised 2017.
- EMSC News: A SemiAnnual Report on Program Activities report contains information about Program activities, partnerships, and events is distributed to federal and professional organizational partners of the EMSC program. Updated Feb 2017.
- A Tale of Two Populations: Addressing Pediatric Needs in the Continuum of Emergency Care, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Volume 65, Issue 6, June 2015. This article describes the role of the EMSC program in the development of the pediatric emergency care system.
- EMSC: A Historical Perspective
- March 2014 issue of Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, which is dedicated to EMSC’s 30-year celebration and features 15 articles written by EMSC champions.
- The Emergency Medical Services for Children Program: Accomplishments and Contributions, Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 7:1, 6–14, March 2006
HRSA Emergency Medical Services for Children takes a new direction with the EIIC
Accelerating improvements in healthcare outcomes requires greater efficiency of all functions within the US health care system. Infrastructures that maintain the nation’s assets for supporting emergency medical services for children must be transformed from mere coordination and dissemination centers to active cores for quality improvement (QI) across silos. An improvement science based model is necessary to link tools, efforts, and entities to effectively decrease child and youth mortality and morbidity sustained as a result of illness or injury. More than simple collaborative relationships, this structure requires integrated daily functioning of key stakeholder organizations and their quality improvement champions.
The EIIC is focused on improving outcomes for children in emergency situations by using improvement science as the basis for collaborative efforts to address known gaps in the US healthcare system. Collaboratives are networks designed for shared learning, driven by an evidence base and known gaps to facilitate rapid translation of research into clinical practice. The EIIC is prepared to support these collaboratives through varied learning systems, coaching, project management, information technology infrastructure, data management, and analytics. The EIIC will partner with stakeholders at every level of emergency medical services for to ensure the needs of injured and critically ill children are adequately addressed.