Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) to celebrate EMSC Day on May 24, 2017. This event is taking place during National EMS Week 2017, which has a theme "EMS STRONG: Always in Service."
The purpose of the annual EMS for Children Day is to highlight the distinctive aspects of caring for children and to raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in prehospital and acute care settings. Sample celebration activities might include:
Enlist the help of community partners to give away free bicycle helmets to children.
Hold an event with a local school that gives students the opportunity to tour ambulances, fire trucks, helicopters, and other response vehicles, as well as interact with EMS professionals.
Remind staff about the EMS for Children resources and materials such as webinars, podcasts, or publications to make sure they’re up-to-date on the specialized needs of treating children, including the additional resources listed below.
Join Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
- Get ready for hurricane season – see Hurricanes, Tornados, and Storms.
- Check your state AAP Chapter and Department of Health Web site to make sure that children's preparedness issues are addressed. Ask that a link be added from these sites to the AAP Children & Disasters Web site home page at www.aap.org/disasters.
- Sign-up to volunteer in advance. Join the Medical Reserve Corps or the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) in your state.
- Partner with EMSC grantees to conduct activities.
- Sign up to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Alerts. Learn how to activate local Wireless Emergency Alerts, so that messages will be sent to your phone automatically during an emergency.
- Share the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ready Wrigley activity books with your patients.
- Sign up for CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) messages. These messages are CDC's primary method of sharing information about urgent public health incidents with health and public health professionals.
- Create your own family emergency plan and organize your family's disaster supplies kit.
- Develop a written preparedness plan for your office. Review the Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices for advanced preparedness planning tips that can mitigate risk, ensure financial stability, strengthen the medical home, and help promote the health of children in the community.
- Help families prepare a disaster supplies kit and develop a disaster plan by referring them to the AAP Family Readiness Kit and FEMA Family Emergency Plan tool.
- Support parents and other adult caregivers in their efforts to talk to children about disasters.
- Review the Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit, which is a resource that pediatricians, public health leaders and other pediatric care providers can use to assess what is already happening in their community or state, and help determine what needs to be done before an emergency or disaster.
- Take federal advocacy action and urge your members of Congress to support the EMSC Program by visiting the AAP's federal advocacy website and clicking on "Support the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program" in the Advocacy Action Center.
- Plan a pediatric exercise or drill. See the AAP Pediatric and Public Health Tabletop Exercise Web page for additional information.
National Pediatric Readiness Project
The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a quality improvement initiative to ensure that all emergency departments in the US have the essentials and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. A national assessment of emergency department's readiness to care for children was completed in July 2013. The assessment is based on the Joint Policy Statement: Guidelines for the Care of Children in the Emergency Department, published in Pediatrics. To view the assessment, response rates, and national results go to www.PedsReady.org.
America's PrepareAthon! is a campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. This campaign offers an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. Register to participate in America's PrepareAthon! and provide details about the activities you're planning.
PEPP Online Module on Trauma
In celebration of National EMS Week, the AAP Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) program, along with Jones and Bartlett Learning, will be giving away a PEPP online module on Trauma to the EMS community. To gain access to the Trauma module, and to learn more about the PEPP program, click here. The free module will be available following National EMS Week and may be accessed in the future from the PEPP website at PEPPSite.com.
American Academy of Pediatrics Resources