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American Academy of Pediatrics and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians to Collaborate to Improve Pediatric Emergency Care

5/14/2013 For Release: May 14, 2013

​CHICAGO – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced its partnership today with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). The AAP and NAEMT signed an agreement that recognizes the value of collaborating with all providers in the continuum of pediatric emergency care.

As part of the new agreement, the AAP has invited NAEMT to appoint a member to serve as a liaison on several AAP work groups, including the AAP Section on Emergency Medicine Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Subcommittee, which helps form AAP guidelines related to pediatric emergency medical services. A representative from NAEMT will also serve on planning committees for medical education courses and the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) course, a continuing education program that covers the critical knowledge and skills needed to rapidly evaluate, stabilize, and transport the pediatric patient.

“As an organization dedicated to the health of children, the AAP naturally wanted to partner with NAEMT,” said Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, AAP president. “By joining forces, both organizations will benefit by enhancing pediatric education for the pediatric emergency medicine physician, as well as for the EMS professional.”  

NAEMT will reciprocate by inviting an AAP representative to serve as a liaison to NAEMT's Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) Committee. EPC is a continuing education program that focuses on the care of sick and injured children. Additionally, NAEMT will explore opportunities for AAP members to become more engaged with EMS World and present valuable AAP content at this national EMS conference. Furthermore, NAEMT will consider adoption of the PEPP, 3rd Edition as the recommended textbook for NAEMTs Emergency Pediatric Care course.

“The fit with AAP and NAEMT is a natural,” said NAEMT President Don Lundy. “The collaboration between both organizations will improve the pediatric education arena, as well as build the communication between these two organizations. It is a tremendous statement as to the commitment from both organizations to build and improve on pediatric education of the EMS practitioner.”


About the AAP:

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 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. For more information, visit

About the NAEMT:

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians is an organization of over 32,000 members that represents and serves  the professional interests of all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders and other professionals working in prehospital emergency medicine.

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