EMS for Children (EMSC) Day
National EMS Week 2019 is May 19 thru May 25, and Wednesday, May 22, is set aside for National Emergency Medical Services for Children day. National EMS Week is an annual celebration of the dedication and commitment of EMS providers all over the country making differences in the lives of millions of Americans every day. It also provides us with an opportunity to bring together EMS agencies and their local communities to focus attention on illness and injury prevention and raise awareness about issues important to the continued development and improvement of EMS and Trauma systems.
National EMS for Children Day places a spotlight on the delivery of high-quality emergency medical care for children, focusing on the unique needs of critically ill or injured pediatric patients and the challenges faced by EMS professionals in meeting those needs. The EMS for Children program is working with EMS leaders nationwide to ensure that all children - no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive the best care possible in an emergency situation.
In order to raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in the prehospital and acute care settings, messaging should be focused on three key audiences: parents/caregiver, EMS providers,and hospital personnel.
For more information about EMS Week, how to celebrate, call attention to, and honor those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line," watch for updates to ACEP's EMS Week web page and become a fan of the National EMS Week Facebook page.
Are You Prepared for a Medical Emergency?
30 million children will receive emergency care this year. They can't all belong to someone else. Will one of these children be yours? We want to help you prepare, because no matter how hard you try to protect your children, emergencies happen.
EMSC Launches Three New EMS based Performance Measures
The mission of the EMSC program is to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from illness or trauma. Long-term success is measured by assessing the quality of pediatric emergency care provided in the prehospital and hospital settings, and integrating pediatric emergency care within the larger emergency medical service (EMS) system. In 2012, the federal EMSC Program initiated development of a second generation of PMs. Three new EMS-based measures, developed by HRSA, the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center, and subject matter experts, and following two rounds of public comment, become active in 2017.
Check out the Performance Measures page for more information on the metrics.
Is Your ED Prepared to Care for Kids?
In 2013, more than 4,100 emergency departments (ED) were assessed to determine their readiness to care for a sick or injured child. Each ED received a score based on a 100-point scale. The average Pediatric Readiness (Peds Ready) Score for all participating hospitals was 69.
Help Raise Awareness
The purpose of the annual EMS for Children Day celebration is to raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in the prehospital and acute care settings. Here you have access to tips and resources on how your program can recognize this special day.