EMS Week/EMSC Day Webinars

COPE-ing with the Challenges of Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health Emergencies

Presented on May 18, 2022


In recognition of both the rising incidence of behavioral health emergencies in children and the need to recognize and mitigate secondary trauma in the EMS professional, “COPE-ing with the Challenges of Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health Emergencies” explores both prehospital behavioral health emergency management and introduces participants to the Compassionate Options for Pediatric EMS or "COPE" program that provides debriefing tools for EMS after challenging pediatric calls.

Prehospital Behavioral Health Emergency Management 
Speakers: Drs. Nicolaus Glomb & Kenshata Watkins
- Review the state of pediatric behavioral health emergency (BHE) care
- Understand the safety outcomes of pediatric behavioral health emergencies managed with BHE diversion protocol
- Learn about the impact of first impressions during mental health encounters
- Learn about future steps to improve pediatric behavioral health emergency care

Alameda County BHE Guideline

Ways to "COPE" at the Scene of a Child's Death
Speaker: Dr. Mary Fallat
Understand the challenges faced by EMS professionals when encountering an out-of-hospital arrest or death of a child 
- Increase confidence in providing compassionate death notification for families
- Comprehend parental grief response
- Recognize and mitigate secondary trauma in the EMS professional

- COPE Pocket Card
- COPE webpage (videos, research papers, communication tools)

This is EMS: Caring for our Children

Presented on May 20, 2021


“This is EMS: Caring for our Children” provides an overview of both the Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Medical Services Systems Policy Statement and Technical Report; reviewed the EMS Agency Toolkit and Checklist; provides testimonials focusing on why it’s important for EMS agencies to be pediatric prepared; and highlights the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project. The event was a collaboration of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

View slides here.

Pediatric Readiness: Every Child, Every Day

Presented on May 19, 2021


“Pediatric Readiness: Every Child, Every Day” provided an overview of current efforts in pediatric readiness at multiple organizations, highlighting, in particular, the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) assessment. The event was a collaboration of EMSC, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the National Association of State EMS Officials. Featured speakers include leadership from collaborating organizations as well as Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Prehospital Care of Children: Review of Evidence-Based Guidelines

Presented on May 22, 2019


As prehospital professionals, we want to make patient care decisions based upon the best evidence available to improve patient outcomes. This webinar reviews the prehospital pediatric evidence-based guidelines for the management of asthma, seizures, pain, and cardiac arrest.


  • Kathleen Adelgais, MD, MPH
  • Katherine Remick, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAEMS
  • Manish I. Shah, MD, MS

View slides here.