Louisiana — Targeted Issue

Pediatric Care Coordination in EMS Agencies – Improving Child Health Outcomes in Louisiana

Sept. 1, 2019 - Aug. 31, 2024

Grant Number
H3433242 (old #: H34MC33242)
Project Overview
This project will improve system readiness in Louisiana’s emergency healthcare system by creating a statewide consortium of PECCs in EMS agencies. Establishing this statewide system of collaboration will provide resources, support networks, education, training, and personnel development that will ultimately improve pediatric emergency care across Louisiana. Data from multiple EMS agencies collectively serving over 35,000 pediatric patients annually will be linked to hospital ED data to determine how the presence of PECCs in the pre-hospital setting affects pediatric patient health outcomes. The objectives are to: (1) develop a statewide system of PECCs that will provide education, training, and resources regarding pediatric emergency care and equipment to EMS agencies; (2) establish and maintain partnerships that work toward improved prehospital pediatric emergency care provided by EMS agencies; (3) increase prehospital pediatric guideline adherence in order to decrease medication errors and improve initiation of appropriate treatment in a prehospital setting; and (4) collect and share data from EMS agencies regarding the results and effectiveness of the PECC program and communicate findings to EMSC stakeholders. Health outcomes to be assessed include mortality, discharge from hospital into a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility, hospital length of stay, and return of spontaneous circulation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health
Main Contact
Award Amount


Name Role(s) Phone Email
Toni Gross, MD, MPH
  • Co-Principal Investigator


Title Format Description Published/Revised Availability
The EMS Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Role Description Guidance/Information This guide was created through collaboration of EMS agency leadership, medical directors, pediatric emergency physicians, established EMS PECCs, and members … 2020 Available Online


Title Type Publication/Event Published/Presented Identifier Details
System Readiness Improvement in EMSC Performance Measures Presentation 2021 EMSC All Grantee Meeting 2021