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AAP Statement on Emergency Medical Services for Children Program Reauthorization

3/25/2014 by: James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, president, American Academy of Pediatrics
“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program, which aims to ensure that all children and adolescents receive the emergency medical care they need when they need it. The American Academy of Pediatrics applauds Senators Casey and Hatch and Representatives Matheson and King for introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation (S. 2154/H.R. 4290) to reauthorize this landmark child health program.
“Pediatric emergency services begin the moment a call is placed with 9-1-1 and extend until a child is safely returned home. EMSC is the only federal program focused specifically on making sure that the emergency medical services system meets children’s needs, and pediatricians understand all too well that the quality of medical care administered to a child during an emergency can have lifelong consequences. Ensuring that the emergency medical services system has the appropriate training, equipment, and resources to provide high quality care to children has been a key priority of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“The EMSC program is there for children during times when they are especially vulnerable and most in need of medical equipment, care and services designed especially for them. Now that a bill has been introduced, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges Congress to reauthorize the EMSC program without delay.”
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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 62,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.