EMSC Pulse

A digest of EMSC Program News and Activities

Issue #49 | May 20, 2020

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EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC): Next Phase

Dell Med Contact: Shahreen Abedin, Shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, c: 347-419-2657. #HealthIsHappeningHereDate: May 19, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEChildren Undergoing Emergency Care to Benefit from Greater Focus on Quality ImprovementAUSTIN, Texas – Children seeking emergency care will benefit from a greater …

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Today is National EMS 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. 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. Go to our EMS Week page to help spread the word!

Funding Opportunity: CDC

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This notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is expected to fund four recipients to address state-specific needs related to the public health problem of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). ACEs are linked to chronic physical and mental health problems, future violence victimization, and reduced life opportunities. Examples of ACEs include experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence; and having a family member attempt or die by suicide.

Funded recipients will implement comprehensive strategies and approaches designed to reduce ACEs. Under this NOFO, recipients will increase use of primary prevention activities that are based on the best available evidence. Recipients will be expected to leverage multi-sector partnerships and resources to improve ACEs surveillance infrastructures and the coordination and implementation of ACEs prevention strategies across the state as a whole and communities within the state. As a result, recipients will increase their capacity to develop and sustain a surveillance system that includes ACEs-related data and increase implementation and reach of ACEs prevention strategies that help to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments where children live, learn and play.

Recipients will focus on the implementation of at least two designated strategies derived from CDC's Division of Violence Prevention's resource, Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence.

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Zen and the Art of Pediatric Readiness Podcast

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Pediatric Readiness is not just an ideal -- it's a tangible plan, a toolkit, and even better, an attitude!

This 30-minute podcast from Dr. Tim Horeczko's Pediatric Emergency Medicine Playbook provides an excellent overview of what Pediatric Readiness truly means and what ED personnel can do at an organizational and personal level to increase readiness.

Click here to listen.

National Pediatric Readiness Toolkit has been Updated


The updated National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) Toolkit is now available as a free open-access resource intended for use by all providers (e.g. technicians, nurses, physicians, EMS providers, and ancillary staff) across the spectrum of pediatric emergency care to help facilitate delivery of high quality care to all children. The content is organized by the seven domains of pediatric readiness: Administration and Coordination; Healthcare Provider Competencies; Quality Improvement; Policies and Procedures; Patient Safety; Support Services; and Equipment, Supplies, and Medications. The tools and resources align with the joint policy statement “Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department” and will assist pediatric emergency care providers to better understand and achieve the components of pediatric readiness in their emergency department. The NPRP toolkit also provides support and recommendations for other stakeholders involved in pediatric emergency care such as hospital directors, quality improvement leaders, family advisory network personnel, caregivers, and patients.

The materials included in the NPRP Toolkit will be updated periodically to ensure the latest recommendations and guidelines are included. Sign in or create an account to stay connected to receive notifications when new materials are added and help ensure we are meeting the needs of all users.

PRQC Final Team Presentations

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The National Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative (PRQC) is coming to a close at the end of June. Spread over two days—June 16th and June 23rd—our teams will present the incredible work they have accomplished over the nearly two-year-long collaborative. Teams will share their successes, best change strategies and plans for sustaining their improvements in Pediatric Readiness. The call-in information is listed below. If you would like a calendar invite, please email Meredith Rodriguez, PhD at mrodriqu@bcm.edu.

June 16th 11:00 - 1:00 CT June 23rd 11:00 – 1:00 CT
Presenting Teams: Eight is Enough (NY, NJ); ETCH (TN); Fight or Flight Response Team (CA); Lone Star Kids (North TX); Longhorn Kids (Central TX); LifesavERs (MO, IL); MOKAN Rocks (MO, KS) Presenting Teams: New England EMSC (CT, VT); Oregon Pediatric Readiness (OR, WA); Pediatric Peaches (GA); Pediatric Pit Crew (IN); Remoc’s Minions (IL); WISPR (WI); WranglER for Kids (OR)
Meeting Link: https://texaschildrens.webex.com/texaschildrens/j.php?MTID=m9a9407a58907e082dd7ed90a4342132b Audio: 855-797-9485 Access code: 800 407 621 Meeting Link: https://texaschildrens.webex.com/texaschildrens/j.php?MTID=m9a9407a58907e082dd7ed90a4342132b Audio: 855-797-9485 Access code: 800 407 621

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AAP News On Call

Share Your COVID-19 Story with AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is collecting stories during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the AAP can lift up and thank the heroes among us and advocate for the needs of on-the-ground physicians and others who care for children in emergencies. The AAP will share select stories in blogs, social media, and other communications, with permission. To share your story, visit www.aap.org/COVIDstory. The AAP will post select stories on the AAP Voices blog and share them in social media with the hashtag #PedsPutKids1st. Your voice can make a difference in making sure the needs of pediatricians are heard. If you have questions, email DisasterReady@aap.org.

Join the AAP Council on Children and Disasters

The AAP leadership launched the Council on Children and Disasters and appointed its executive committee in 2019. The council is continuing the work of the AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council and helping to raise awareness about children's needs that should be considered and addressed in all aspects of disaster management. Please consider partnering with the Academy by joining this new council. Review membership criteria and consider joining the Academy as a council affiliate member. If you have additional questions, please email DisasterReady@aap.org.

AAP issues guidance to ensure continued care for children during pandemic

Pediatricians have observed a significant decrease in in-person child health visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only puts children’s health at risk but also places practices in jeopardy as they balance business financing and care delivery. Well-child care should be consistent with Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents(4th Edition) and the corresponding Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care well child visit calendars.

ENA Partners with the Resilient-Project, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDs, and ACEP to debut “Resilient”

ENA partnered with the Resilient-Project, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDs, and ACEP to debut this song, “Resilient”. It’s a song of inspiration and strength originating from a new musical, Mata Hari by Dave Ogrin and Jay Berkow, performed by emergency health care professionals and more than 60 Broadway theatre artists! View here.

New in Press: Emergency Medical Services Utilization by Children

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Several of our Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) investigators examined 507 ED records from a rural, 3-county region of northern California for clinical features of children (0-14 years old) based on their mode of transport. The authors found that children who are transported to rural EDs via EMS are likely to be more ill and require more resources than those who arrive by other modes of transportation. You can read the abstract here.

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