National EMS Week 2020 is May 17 thru May 23, and Wednesday, May 20th is set aside for National EMS for Children Day. National EMS Week is an annual celebration of the everyday dedication and commitment of EMS providers all over the country making differences in the lives of millions of Americans. 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:
- EMS providers
- 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," visit EMS Strong, watch for updates to ACEP's EMS Week web page and become a fan of the National EMS Week Facebook page. You can download the EMS Strong 2020 magazine here. Additionally, you can watch NEDARC's Tech Talk which reviews ideas to help you with email and social media promotion.