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 2015 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.
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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Does Your Ambulance Carry the Proper Equipment?
"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.
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Parents and Caregivers
Are You Prepared for A Medical Emergency?
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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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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