Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

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Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) is partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) to recognize Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day on May 19, 2021. This event is taking place during National EMS Week 2021. This year's National EMS Week theme is: "This Is EMS: Caring for Our Communities." The individual theme days are:

  • Monday – Education Day

  • Tuesday – Safety Day

  • Wednesday – EMS for Children Day

  • Thursday – Save-A-Life Day (CPR and Stop the Bleed)

  • Friday – EMS Recognition Day

A webinar series will be offered during EMS week, hosted by EIIC partners. This webinar will be hosted on EMSC Day, May 19th. Register here for additional information.

National EMS for Children Day places a spotlight on the delivery of high-quality emergency medical care for children, focusing on the unique needs of critically ill or injured pediatric patients and the challenges faced by EMS professionals in meeting those needs. 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. The EMSC program is working with EMS leaders nationwide to ensure that all children - no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive the highest quality of care possible in an emergency.

To raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in the prehospital and acute care settings, messaging is focused on 3 key audiences: parents/caregiver, EMS providers, and hospital personnel. To further support this, refer to related current AAP policy recommendations published in Pediatrics such as:

In addition, the AAP has coauthored "Recommended Essential Equipment for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Ground Ambulances 2020: A Joint Position Statement" that is slated for the June 2021 issue of Pediatrics and will be released online early for National EMS Week.

In the meantime, it is available now online here.

What can you do?

  • Develop activities for your own practice or institution by exploring the American College of Emergency Physicians EMS Week 2021 Planning Guide.

  • Become familiar with the AAP federal advocacy efforts by visiting the AAP Department of Federal Affairs website. Please note an AAP identification number and password are required.

Join Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

  1. Review the AAP 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. Plan a pediatric exercise or drill. See the recently developed AAP Pediatric Tabletop Exercise Resource Kit for step-by-step guidance and over 40 scenarios for your consideration For more information on the resource kit, please email DisasterReady@aap.org

  2. Get ready for hurricane season – see the AAP Hurricane Preparedness webpage.

  3. Check your state AAP Chapter and Department of Health website to make sure that children's preparedness issues are addressed.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 cellular phone automatically during an emergency.

  6. 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.

  7. Share the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ready Wrigley activity books with families.

  8. Develop a written preparedness plan for your office. Review the AAP 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.

  9. Help families prepare a disaster supplies kit and develop a disaster plan by referring them to the AAP Family Readiness Kit and the FEMA Family Emergency Plan tool.

  10. Create your own family emergency plan and organize your family's disaster supplies kit.

  11. Support parents and other adult caregivers in their efforts to talk to children about disasters.

National Pediatric Readiness Project

The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a quality improvement initiative to ensure that all hospital emergency departments in the US have the essentials and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. A baseline national assessment of emergency department's readiness to care for children was completed in 2013. To view the assessment, response rates, and national results go to www.PedsReady.org. To learn about the EMSC IIC Quality Improvement (QI) collaboratives, see the collaborative web page. The QI collaboratives will assist state programs in accelerating their progress in improving the pediatric readiness of emergency departments (EDs) and to develop a program to recognize EDs in their state so that participating hospitals are ready to care for children during medical emergencies.

This year, the NPRP assessment is being conducted once again. The NPRP assessment helps ED personnel to be better prepared to provide quality care for all patients of all ages by evaluating the QI process of EDs over time. Hospitals with high ED readiness scores demonstrate a 4-fold lower rate of mortality for children with critical illness than those with lower readiness scores; thus, improving pediatric readiness improves outcomes for children and their families. Visit the website to learn more.


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