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National EMS Week is generally celebrated during the third week of May, and Wednesday of that week is set aside for National EMS for Children Day. National EMS Week, authorized by President Gerald Ford in 1974, 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 prehospital pediatric readiness.
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 both parents/caregivers and EMS providers.
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 the EMS Strong website, watch for updates to ACEP's EMS Week webpage and become a fan of the National EMS Week Facebook page. Each year, ACEP produces an EMS Strong magazine, which is a great resource to download. Additionally, you can watch NEDARC's Tech Talk which reviews ideas to help you with email and social media promotion.