EMSC Pulse

A digest of EMSC Program News and Activities

Issue #36 | April 18, 2019

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Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative: Moving Forward to Implementing Change

The year 2018 served as foundation building opportunity in the Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative (PRQC) for both the trainers and pediatric champions. A multitude of learning sessions focused on quality improvement concepts/tools, collaboratives culture, intervention bundles and change strategies planned …

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NEDARC Workshop Focused on NEMSIS Data Cube

In late February, NEDARC provided a showcase of the latest NEMSIS data cube for 27 EMSC State Program and data managers in San Diego, CA. Attendees learned how to build queries to inform decision-making processes when designing quality improvement initiatives. …

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EMSC Town Halls Occur Quarterly: Block your calendar now!

Remaining 2019 calls are scheduled from 3-4 pm ET on May 1, August 14 and November 13, 2019

Special 2019 EMS for Children Day Celebration

Prehospital Care of Children: Review of Evidence-Based Guidelines

The EIIC will host a special webinar to celebrate EMS for Children Day, on Wednesday, May 22 at 1 pm ET/10am PT. As prehospital professionals, we want to make patient care decisions based upon the best evidence available to improve patient outcomes. In this webinar, we will review the prehospital pediatric evidence-based guidelines for the management of asthma, seizures, pain, and cardiac arrest. Register here. Presenters will be Kathleen Adelgais, MD MPH, Katherine Remick, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAEMS and Manish I. Shah, MD, MS (all pictured below).

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Critical Access Hospital Requirements: CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule


This 54-page document from ASPR TRACIE, updated in March 2019, combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from CMS to provide a consolidated overview document for the Critical Access Hospital Requirements. It provides requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testing, Emergency and Standby Power Systems, Integrated Healthcare Systems, and CAH Requirements as Written in the Interpretive Guidelines.

Check Out New York Pediatric Disaster Healthcare Preparedness Toolkit Website


This is a robust set of amazing resources for NICU, PICU and Non-PICU hospitals.


Everything you need to jumpstart your pediatric disaster exercises

Nominations for 2019 National EMS Awards of Excellence Remain Open!

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Now through June 30, submit your nomination for the 2019 National EMS Awards of Excellence. Award recipients receive a cash award, a travel grant and free registration to EMS World Expo in New Orleans, LA, and national recognition.

Find nomination forms and selection criteria by visiting this site. Nominations open through June 30

Mass Violence Information

"Mass violence incidents require efficiency and coordination among multiple response entities. Efforts may need to be directed toward doing the greatest good for the greatest amount of people, which is counter to day-to-day trauma triage." -TRACIE

Recent acts of mass violence in the United States, New Zealand, Europe and throughout the world continue. These types of incidents require efficiency and coordination among multiple response entities. Efforts may need to be directed toward doing the greatest good for the greatest amount of people, which is counter to day-to-day trauma triage. These ASPR TRACIE-developed resources can help our stakeholders prepare for, respond to, and help their communities recover from these traumatic events.

Additional resources are available through The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. You may refine your search to specific audiences and languages on this page.

April Brings Awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorder


April is National Autism Awareness Month, an observance that aims to raise awareness for autism and issues affecting children and adults on the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of developmental disabilities affecting an estimated 1 out of 59 children. ASD is characterized by impairments in social communication and interaction and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. Once diagnosed, individuals face additional challenges accessing the array of health, education, and related support services recommended for them.

HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau receives funding for grant programs through the Autism CARES Act to advance professional training, research, and services for children with ASD. MCHB’s autism programs address the needs of underserved populations and barriers to evidence-based interventions. Read how MCHB’s grants are making a difference in the Autism CARES Act Report. For more information and resources, visit MCHB’s Autism page.



Submit Your Abstract by May 15 at 11:59 pm EST. Abstract submissions are accepted through this portal.

Upcoming EMSC Webinar: Child Abuse Screening

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Join the EIIC on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 11am-Noon (CST) for a webinar on Child Abuse Screening featuring Dr. Kathleen Adelgais and Dr. Daniel Lindberg both from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. For call-in information and a calendar hold please click here.

Dr. Adelgais is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO. She serves as the Principal Investigator and Program Director for the Colorado EMS for Children State Partnership program, is the past-chair of the Pediatrics Committee for National Association EMS Physicians and previously represented the American Academy of Pediatrics on the board of directors for Committee on the Accreditation EMS Programs. She also serves as the scientific advisor for the Aurora Fire Department EMS affiliate role in PEM-NEWS node within the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).

Dr. Lindberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is the Principal investigator of two of the largest prospective studies to determine optimal occult injury testing strategies to improve early recognition of child physical abuse.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and Families

While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a long history of engaging patients and families in its activities, more concerted efforts have taken place over the past several years. Efforts around family engagement have been coordinated by two primary groups: (1) the FamilY Partnerships Network, and (2) a staff Family Engagement Workgroup.

FamilY Partnerships Network

The mission of the AAP FamilY Partnerships Network (FPN) is to represent family and youth perspectives, lead and facilitate youth and family engagement, and support ongoing youth and family involvement at the local, state and national level. Additional information about the FPN can be found at www.aap.org/fpn.

Staff Family Engagement Work Group

The staff Family Engagement Work Group includes staff representatives from nearly every AAP department who meet monthly to advance efforts related to AAP objectives on family engagement and to share information and resources.

Child abuse can come in many forms, including emotional, neglect, physical and sexual. This month, we will share resources on identifying and preventing this type of abuse and what you can do to help keep a child safe! Please watch this video from the CDC to learn more about abuse and neglect.

April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month

Myth: It’s only abuse if it’s violent.

Fact: Physical abuse is just one type of child abuse. Child neglect, sexual and emotional abuse can inflict just as much damage, and since they’re not always as obvious, others are less likely to intervene.

Myth: Only bad people abuse their children.

Fact: Not all abusive parents or guardians intentionally harm their children. Many have been victims of abuse themselves and don’t know any other way to parent. Others may be struggling with mental health issues or substance abuse problems.

Myth: Abuse doesn’t happen in “good” families.

Fact: Abuse and neglect doesn’t only happen in poor families or bad neighborhoods. These behaviors cross all racial, economic, and cultural lines. Sometimes, families who seem to have it all from the outside are hiding a different story behind closed doors.

Myth: Most child abusers are strangers.

Fact: While abuse by strangers does happen, most abusers are family members or others close to the family.

Myth: Abused children always grow up to be abusers.

Fact: It is true that abused children are more likely to repeat the cycle as adults, unconsciously repeating what they experienced as children. On the other hand, many adult survivors of child abuse have a strong motivation to protect their children against what they went through and become excellent parents.

*HelpGuide/Harvard Collaboration

The EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center (EIIC) is supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Maternal and Child Health Bureau Emergency Medical Services for Children grant number U07MC29829. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S.Government.

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Test your Knowledge!

What is something you should NOT do if a child has disclosed sexual abuse to you?

a) Ask open ended questions: “Then what happened?”

b) Determine what, where, when, and by whom, if possible.

c) Tell law enforcement/child protective services.

d) Attempt further investigation and probe for details.

To submit your answer and learn more about #ChildAbusePreventionMonth visit and follow the EMSC social media.

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