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 EMSC Day will be held on May 18, 2016, the Wednesday of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 15-21.
The purpose of the annual 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 for the 2016 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 2016 EMS Week Planner or become a fan of the National EMS Week Facebook page.
Is Your ED Prepared to Care for Kids?
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.
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EMSC Launches Three New EMS-based Performance Measures
The EMSC Program recently announced that it had made significant progress in achieving several of its EMS-based performance measures standards. These measures were the first steps to assess the degree to which systems are in place to ensure optimal care of children in the emergency care setting.
Next year, the EMSC Program proposes to launch three new EMS-based measures:
The degree to which EMS agencies submit NEMSIS compliant version 3.x data to the State EMS Office for submission to the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center.
The percentage of EMS agencies in the state/territory that have a designated individual who coordinates pediatric emergency care.
The percentage of EMS agencies in the state/territory that have a process that requires EMS providers to physically demonstrate the correct use of pediatric-specific equipment.
Every state receiving federal EMSC State Partnership funding will begin working on these new EMS-based performance measures in 2017. To learn more about the EMS-based measures, as well as all EMSC measures, watch the archived webinar "DGIS Performance Measure Update for the EMSC Program." For a list of current grantees working to achieve the measures, visit the EMSC website.
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(appearing in the 2016 EMS Week Promotional Guide).
Parents and Caregivers
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Help Raise Awareness
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.
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