Today, on EMS for Children (EMSC) Day, we draw special attention to pre-hospital providers’ commitment to providing the unique care acutely ill and injured children need.
In 2022 alone, nearly 1 million EMS clinicians nationwide provided care for more than 2.7 million pediatric EMS activations. National Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day, Wednesday, May 24, spotlights the need for high-quality care for children in pre-hospital and hospital settings and the work of the federal EMSC Program. EMSC focuses on helping EMS recognize the unique needs of critically ill or injured children and provide strategies to the challenges faced by EMS professionals in meeting those needs.
On behalf of children in Minnesota, thank you so very much! Please join us in thanking and recognizing our EMTs this week!
In honor of EMSC Day, a special free webinar on “The Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC): Where Emergency Care for Kids Begins” will highlight the role of PECCs (we call them Pediatric Champions), in EMS agencies.
Please check out the following links from the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition.
Children and Disasters Technical Assistance Center (SAMSHA): http://bit.ly/40inliO
Helping Children Cope and Adjust After a Disaster (AAP) http://bit.ly/3Fw3Bk7
Talking to kids about tragedies: https://www.schoolcrisiscenter.org/resources/talking-kids-about-tragedies/
Tip Sheets for Children in Disaster in English and Spanish (Disastershock) https://www.disastershock.com/tip-sheets-1
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement — https://www.schoolcrisiscenter.org/
National Child Traumatic Stress Network — https://www.nctsn.org/
Listen, protect, connect (LPC) Psychological First Aid System — https://bit.ly/2OGCawo
Child Mind Institute https://childmind.org/
EMSC MN is seeking individuals that are interested in improving the quality of pediatric care at your EMS agency or hospital. We created a fun little video to explain what a Pediatric Champion is and how to join the team of others.