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EMS for Children

 

EMS-FOR CHILDREN Program Contact Info:
Robin Suzor, EMS for Children Program Manager
rsuzor@mt.gov or (406) 444-0901



EMS for Children (EMSC) is a national initiative to reduce childhood death and disability due to severe illness or injury. Authorized in 1984, administered by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the EMSC Program provides grant money to all states to develop and “institutionalize” emergency medical services for critically ill and injured children. The program does not promote the development of a separate EMS system for children, but rather enhances pediatric capability of existing EMS systems.


GOALS & OBJECTIVES

Montana’s current EMSC Partnership Grant is focused on meeting the federal performance measures:

  • Increase the percentage of agencies that have on-line and off-line pediatric medical direction at the scene of an emergency for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers;
  • Increase the percentage of BLS and ALS patient care units that have the essential pediatric equipment and supplies, as outlined in national guidelines;
  • The existence of a statewide or regional standardized system that recognizes hospitals able to stabilize and/or manage pediatric trauma.
  • Increase the percentage of hospitals that have both written pediatric inter-facility transfer guidelines and agreements; and
  • Ensure EMS providers in the state are educated on the importance of practicing family-centered care.

    First Impression


 

IS YOUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT PEDIATRIC READY AND ABLE TO PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE PEDIATRIC CARE TO ANY CRITICALLY INJURED OR ILL CHILD?

Montana hospitals recently completed the 2013 PEDIATRIC READINESS ASSESSMENT to see how we compared with our peers. Fifty-two (52) of 60 Montana hospitals responded to the assessment. 

Montana scored 58 out of 100 (58%), which is below the national average score of 70% by participating hospitals.

Click on the link to learn more about the MONTANA PEDIATRIC READINIESS SUMMARY (2013).

Click here to learn more about the National Pediatric Readiness Project and to access several resources to help your hospital become Pediatric Ready.

RESOURCES

Federal Government Releases Best Practice Recommendations for Safe Transportation of Children in Emergency Ground Ambulances
ambulance

 

2013 Montana Pediatric Interfacility Consultation/Transfer Guidelines

Interfacility transfer

Inter Facility Transfer Tool Kit (by the EMSC National Resource Center, the Society of Trauma Nurses, and the Emergency Nurses Association, February 2013)

Report on pediatric resources for MT EMS services

Report on pediatric resources for MT hospitals

EMSC Performance Measures: A Brief Background (fact sheet by the EMSC National Resource Center, Updated 2009)

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

AmbulanceNational Checklist: Equipment for Ambulances
 Performance Measure Checklist for Recommended Pediatric Equipment and Supplies for BLS and ALS Ambulances (February 2010).

GUIDELINES

Guidelines for Providing Family-centered Prehospital Care 
Guidelines for Care of Children in the ED (pdf)
What to Do Until Help Arrives for A Child Medical Emergency

FAMILY CENTER CARE

Family-centered Prehospital Care: Partnering with Families to Improve Care

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH NEEDS

Common Emergencies for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Emergency Care Plans for Children with Special Needs (fact sheet by the EMSC National Resource Center, 1999)

EMSC Information for Families and Caregivers
  • Download here
  • Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians 

Links

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Child Abuse & Neglect: A Continuing Education and Teaching Resource for the Prehospital Provider  
Child Abuse Mnemonic
Guidelines for Calling the Child Abuse Hotline
CDC Guidelines
Children and Violence

GUIDELINES FOR CARE OF CHILDREN IN ED

This checklist is based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) 2009 joint policy statement “Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department,” which can be found online at http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/pediatrics;124/4/1233.pdf
Use the checklist to determine if your emergency department (ED) is prepared to care for children.

KIDS' SAFETY RESOURCES - Just for Kids
ONLINE RESOURCES

The EMSC National Resource Center has compiled a listing of all available web-based training modules, webcasts, and video/audio podcasts created using EMSC federal program funds. The various training opportunities address topics ranging from EMSC performance measures to pediatric medication safety and from family-centered care to pediatric disaster preparedness; access the section on EMSC Training and Education

Free Online Broselow Tape Training Available

BROSELOW TAPEThe Montana EMS & Trauma Systems has developed a free online training to learn how to use the BroselowTM Pediatric Tape. Ambulance Services that have at least half of the EMS staff complete the online BroselowTM Tape Training are eligible to receive FREE Pediatric Emergency Tapes for each transporting ambulance with a limit of five tapes for each service.  http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/ems/resources/misc/Broselow.pdf

Page last updated 02/24/2014