EMSC Pulse

A digest of EMSC Program News and Activities

Issue #45 | Jan. 23, 2020

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New Project Officer Joins HRSA's EMSC State Partnership Team

Please welcome Ms. Melissa Esmero to the HRSA team! Melissa is coming onboard as a Public Health Analyst for the MCHB/DCAFH/EMSC Program, and will be providing technical support as a Project Officer on the EMSC State Partnership Program/Team.Before joining MCHB, …

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Dr. Brooke Lerner Recognized

The University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education published an article titled “UB Professor Leads Team Working to Improve Emergency Care for Children” highlighting her work as steering committee chair of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).The article …

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ENA To Promote the Upcoming Launch of the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment

This infographic was developed to help promote the upcoming launch of the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment set for June, 2020. This assessment is the largest initiative to improve the readiness of EDs to care for children in the United States. The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has been a longtime partner in Emergency Medical Services for Children programs to improve care for children in EDs. The infographic depicts measures that all EDs can implement to improve pediatric readiness based on the 2018 AAP/ACEP/ENA Joint Policy Statement, “Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department”. The infographic serves as a visual representation of these jointly developed guidelines to allow for posting and reference on various websites and in emergency departments.

The document can be found on the ENA website under Practice Resources (Chrome Compatible)--click here.

ENA Infographic PedsReady 2020

Promotional Resources from NEDARC for Annual Data Collection

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NEDARC created a short, informational video for state partnership managers to use while promoting the annual data collection to their EMS agencies. The video can be embedded on websites or posted to social media. The video is available on YouTube here: http://bit.ly/emscsurveys2020

AAP Collaboration Opportunity: Pediatric Surge Plan

We are looking for children’s hospitals that have a written Pediatric Surge Plan (i.e., a plan for times during which there is an unexpected surge of pediatric patients). We are also asking for a point of contact who may be willing to speak to someone working in a particular children’s hospital where such a plan is starting to be developed. If your hospital has such a plan and you are willing to share it, please provide a link or attach the document in your response to Samroz Jakvani at SJakvani@aap.org. If you are willing to serve as a point of contact, or if someone you know is willing to then please provide contact detail to Samroz Jakvani at SJakvani@aap.org.

During our first Learning Collaborative, presenters highlighted a pediatric surge summit and shared information to help participants from all states plan for hospital pediatric patient surge. For more information, please look for the recording and slides below and on our page:

AAP State Pediatric Preparedness Learning Collaborative


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Intalere and National Rural Health Association (NRHA) to Partner

National Rural Health Association logo

Intalere and NRHA are proud to announce a new partnership recognizing Intalere as the exclusive group purchasing partner of NRHA. Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) such as Intalere help health care providers realize savings by aggregating purchasing volume of members and using that leverage to negotiate discounts on behalf of their members with manufacturers, distributors and suppliers. Intalere works with health care providers to save money on virtually everything they buy. Intalere helps rural health care facilities through:

  • A customized approach to cost savings utilizing a portfolio of tools, resources and contracting solutions focused on the rural healthcare market. Intalere brings significant savings by analyzing your daily spend and providing you with workable and actionable information to effectively manage costs.
  • Expert guidance, resources and unparalleled customer service through supply chain experts, clinical and facility specialists focused on helping rural facilities deal with their unique challenges.
  • Linking NRHA membership to best practices for rural health care providers in the areas of financial, clinical and operational efficiencies.

Intalere shares NRHA’s mission of improving the health and well-being of rural Americans, and has the expertise and tools to collaborate on customized initiatives to improve margins and enhance health care quality for the entire 21,000 NRHA membership base.

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates and Resources


Infant Feeding and Safe Sleep Webinar

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs webinar titled “Infant Feeding and Safe Sleep”. If you were unable to attend, the recording of the webinar and PowerPoint slides can be found here. Now available on YouTube for easy access! Please feel free to share the recording. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Breanna Smith (bsmith@aap.org) or Brianna Lewis (blewis@amchp.org).

National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference

Several pediatric presentations were included in the 2019 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference, such as “PEDs Ready: Launching a Regional System of Care for Children.” A few of the presentations are listed below. You can access the full presentation materials here.

PEDs Ready: Launching a Regional System of Care for Children

EMS PECC’s: Tempt, Train or Shame Your Way to Success!

Study: Few Child Care Centers Require Flu Vaccination for Children, Caregivers

Only 24.5% of licensed child care centers require children to be vaccinated against flu, and 13% require adult caregivers to be vaccinated, potentially putting many children at risk of serious illness. Read the full article here and a summary article in AAP News. Also see the 2017 article titled, “Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Among Child Care Center Directors in 2008 and 2016”.

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR): Pediatric Disaster Care Listening Session

On December 5, 2019, the AAP Emerging Threats and Disaster Management team and the AAP Council on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery executive committee were well represented at the Pediatric Disaster Care Listening Session, where the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, MD, MTM&H, MS, and others participated in a day-long event to discuss pediatric-related preparedness elements across the disaster spectrum. Council Chairperson Steve Krug, MD, FAAP, presented on Pediatric Disaster Care: Reflections from the National Biodefense Science Board and executive committee member Scott Needle, MD, FAAP, presented on Pediatric Disaster Care: Reflections from the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters. Information on the Pediatric Disaster Care Initiative was shared as was information on the ASPR Emergency Management and Medical Operations efforts by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Kevin Yeskey, MD. Time was also dedicated to the proposed activities of the two new Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence sites, the National Health Security Strategy, and the future National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters. In addition, attendees participated in a facilitated discussion on Gaps and Challenges in Pediatric Disaster Care.

Please also see the AAP Children and Disasters website for content on specific disasters, including floods, hurricanes, and wildfires.

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A Statewide Analysis of EMS’ Pediatric Transport Destination Decisions

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Deciding where to transport a patient is a key decision made by emergency medical services (EMS), particularly for children because pediatric hospital resources are regionalized. Since evidence-based guidelines for pediatric transport destinations are being developed, the purpose of this study was to use a large statewide EMS database to describe current patterns of EMS providers’ transport destination decisions for pediatric patients.

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