EMSC Day

Each year, the federal EMSC Program partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) to celebrate  EMS for Children Day or EMSC Day. This year, National EMS for Children Day will be held on May 20, 2015, the Wednesday of  Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 17-23. 

The purpose of the annual EMS for Children Day celebration is to raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in the prehospital and acute care settings. Listed below are the primary messages being communicated during this year's celebration, organized by the Program's four key audiences: hospital personnel, EMS providers, EMSC grantees, and parents/caregivers.

For more information about EMS Week, how to celebrate, call attention to, and honor those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line," download a copy of ACEP's 2015 EMS Week Planner or become a fan of the National EMS Week Facebook page





In 2013, more than 4,100 emergency departments (ED) were assessed to determine their readiness to care for a sick or injured child. Each ED received a score based on a 100-point scale. The average Pediatric Readiness (Peds Ready) Score for all participating hospitals was 69.


"Equipment for Ground Ambulances," an AAP/ACEP/ENA joint policy statement includes an updated pediatric equipment and supplies list that serves as the standard for the equipment needs of  emergency ground ambulance services (both ALS and BLS) in the U.S. and Canada.


The purpose of the annual EMS for Children Day celebration is to raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in the prehospital and acute care settings. Here you have access to tips and resources on how your program can recognize this special day.


30 million children will receive emergency care this year. They can't all belong to someone else. Will one of these children be yours? We want to help you prepare, because no matter how hard you try to protect your children – emergencies happen.


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