EMSC Pulse

A digest of EMSC Program News and Activities

Issue #37 | May 16, 2019

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National EMS Week

EMS for Children Day is Wednesday, May 22, 2019National EMS Week is an annual celebration of the dedication and commitment of EMS providers all over the country making differences in the lives of millions of Americans every day. It …

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National Child Heatstroke Prevention campaign starts May 27, 2019

Heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicular non-crash-related deaths for children under 14. In fact, each year, an average of 38 children have died from heatstroke since 1998. Sadly, these are the current statistics:

  • Child vehicular heatstroke fatalities in 2018 = 51
  • Child vehicular heatstroke fatalities in 2017 = 43

Yet, this tragedy is 100% preventable. While it seems like an impossible mistake to make, every parent or caregiver can potentially become distracted, and distractions often fuel this devastating situation. No one is immune. We each have a role to play to help keep our kids safe. Help us share life-saving tips and resources with as many people as we can.

Take Action. Act Fast. Save a Life.

  • Click here to get your Heatstroke Prevention Toolkit.

2019 EMSC Day/EMS Week Resources Now Available

Click to View the 2019 EMS Week Video

National EMS Week 2019 is May 19 thru May 25, and Wednesday, May 22, is set aside for National Emergency Medical Services for Children Day. 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. EMS Week, and specifically EMS for Children Day is a time to honor those who take care of our children in an emergency.

Please visit the EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center, EMS Strong, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics websites for current resources. Check back to these sites often, as more resources will be added as they become available

New National EMS Scope of Practice Model Released in April

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Reflecting the latest evidence and best practices in EMS care, revised National EMS Scope of Practice Model will improve consistency of EMS personnel licensure levels and serve as resource for State officials

The 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model, which identifies the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve competence for the four levels of EMS clinicians, is now available on EMS.gov. The document is the result of an expert-led, consensus-driven process, managed by the National Association of State EMS Officials and supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS and the Health Resources & Services Administration's EMS for Children Program. It represents the first significant revision since the National EMS Scope of Practice Model was first published in 2007.

While the scope of practice for EMS clinicians is established by the States, the National EMS Scope of Practice Model provides an evidence-based foundation that many States have adopted as their State scope of practice. The revision to the model reflects changes within the profession and medical science that have occurred over the last decade.

The 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model:

  • Provides up-to-date, relevant and evidence-based descriptions of the levels of EMS clinicians (emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced EMT, and paramedic)
  • Will be used to drive the upcoming revision of the National EMS Education Standards and Instructional Guidelines
  • Facilitates reciprocity, standardizes professional recognition and decreases the necessity of each state developing its own education and certification materials

To learn more information or to download the 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model, please visit EMS.gov.

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

Aids for First Responders and Special Needs Patients Including those on the Autism Spectrum

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Many communities are publically discussing how to interact with people with special needs. It becomes particularly important in emergency situations. There are resources available. Some were developed in response to requests from first responders who wanted quick, easy-to-understand guidance on how to effectively work with people with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities in emergency situations. Others are presentations now available on YouTube. We are providing links to tip sheets developed by the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability and videos from Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Port St. Lucie Florida Fire-Rescue.

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Did you miss the Child Abuse Screening Webinar on April 24th?

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This very special and informative webinar featured Dr. Kathleen Adelgais and Dr. Daniel Lindberg, both of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.,

View the Recording

#MyYoungerSelf Campaign


The Child Mind Institute has relaunched its #MyYoungerSelf anti-stigma campaign on growing up with a mental health or learning disorder. These videos are excellent resources you can post on your own social media or share with friends and colleagues. Ray Romano, Elsie Fisher and Sugar Ray Leonard represent the dozens of actors, athletes, social influencers and businesspeople who are generously sharing their experiences growing up with a mental health or learning disorder.

Expect a new video daily! Stay connected via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Through parent guides and stigma busting campaigns like #MyYoungerSelf, the Child Mind Institute works every day to break down the barriers that keep millions of children from getting the help they need. This critical work is made possible by the contributions of individuals and institutions who believe in this shared vision of a future where no child suffers.

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