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 (IIC) is partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association to celebrate EMSC Day on May 20, 2020. This event is taking place during National EMS Week 2020. This year's National EMS Week theme days are:

  • Monday – Education

  • Tuesday – Safety Tuesday

  • Wednesday – EMSC Day

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

  • Friday – EMS Recognition Day

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 best 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:

What can you do?

  • Remind staff about the EMS for Children resources and materials such as webinars, fact sheets and fliers, and publications to make sure they are up-to-date on the specialized needs of children, including the additional resources listed below.

  • Use this fact sheet to urge Congress to provide $24,506,000 in funding for the EMSC program in Fiscal Year 2020 and beyond.

  • Take federal advocacy action and urge your members of Congress to support the EMSC Program by visiting the AAP Department of Federal Affairs web site and clicking on "Fully Fund the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program" in the Advocacy Action Center. Please note an AAP identification number and password are required.

Join Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

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

  2. 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 and Disasters web site home page at www.aap.org/disasters

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. 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 AAP Pediatric and Public Health Tabletop Exercise webpage and an article titled "Addressing Children's Needs in Disasters: A Regional Pediatric Tabletop Exercise" for additional information. The AAP developed a Pediatric and Public Health Preparedness Exercise Resource Kit to assist coalitions, hospitals, and other entities. For more information on the resource kit, please email DisasterReady@aap.org

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. To learn about the EMSC IIC Quality Improvement (QI) collaborative, see the collaborative webpage. The QI collaborative 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 that are ready to care for children during medical emergencies.


American Academy of Pediatrics Resources

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