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Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program is a US federal government health initiative, aiming to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness or injury. This is being accomplished with ongoing efforts to increase awareness among health professionals, providers, planners and the general public of the unique physiological and psychological needs of children receiving emergency medical care. EMSC funds and supports improvements in pediatric emergency care in each state and territory through competitive grants and cooperative agreements.
Mission - To reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from severe illness or trauma
MI-MEDIC Cards - PDF version
Optimistic October - There are so many reasons for optimism. Setting positive goals for the future gives our lives a sense of direction and purpose. Although we face many challenges there are also lots of reasons to stay hopeful. By consciously choosing our priorities, we can overcome issues, make progress, and focus on what really matters.
Facility Recognition for Pediatric Readiness Workgroup has been revived - more information to come!
The National Pediatric Readiness (NPRP) Assessment
The assessment originally scheduled to launch June 2020 has been postponed due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The pedsready.org site will be updated with further information as details emerge.Thank you for all that you are doing to serve Michigan residents during this outbreak. We want to recognize your tireless dedication to caring for the needs of our families and communities. It is our hope that you may stay safe and well during this unprecedented time.
Access the Readiness Toolkit to learn more about the seven domains of pediatric readiness and implement in your facility.
For questions regarding the NPRP assessment - firstname.lastname@example.org
For help and resources related to Pediatric Readiness - pediatricreadiness.org
To follow the Peds Ready Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/PedsReady/
This flyer announces the postponement, if you wish to print and post in your Emergency Department, or share with relevant staff.
This infographic, supported by ENA, ACEP and AAP, can be printed as a flyer for your emergency department if you wish to post it, or download to share with staff.
The Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (COPEM) takes a coordinated approach to implement and coordinate components of the EMSC objectives into the existing EMS system. Components include implementation of hospital and pre-hospital standards, enhancement of pediatric education for hospital and pre-hospital providers, mandatory continuing education for all levels of pre-hospital providers, implementation of and continued support of injury prevention programs, addressing health care issues within our schools and daycare centers as well as data collection. This is accomplished through combined efforts with various professionals and organizations throughout the state including; emergency medical services, fire departments, police departments, public health department, day care centers, nurses/school nurses and other interested individuals.
The EMSC Pulse Newsletter is a digest of program news and activities. Each issue includes a wealth of information about the pediatric emergency medical care community. EMSC Pulse is published about every 4 weeks by the EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center
The EMSC Pulse Newsletter includes information about the latest EMSC-related:
- Products and resources
- National and state activities
- Data findings and research resources
- Funding opportunities
- Career opportunities
The National EMSC requires all EMSC State Partnership grantees collect data by surveying EMS agencies and hospitals with emergency departments to evaluate their progress toward meeting performance measures. These performance measures were developed to document activities and accomplishments to improve the delivery of emergency services to children. The EMSC program appreciates every effort taken to participate in these surveys. The information collected helps the Michigan EMSC know how best to serve the needs of children in our state.
Data and Outcomes
Pediatric Champion or Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC)
An individual(s) who is responsible for coordinating pediatric specific activities. A designated individual(s) who coordinates pediatric emergency care need not be dedicated solely to this role; it can be an individual(s) already in place who assumes this role as part of their existing duties. The individual(s) may be a member of the Emergency Department (ED) staff, EMS agency, or work at a county or regional level and serve more than one agency.
The intent of designating and developing the role of a Pediatric Champion / PECC is to ensure that there is a dedicated individual(s) identified in the Emergency Department or local EMS agency that represents pediatric interest and performs the roles listed below. An Emergency Department or EMS agency does not have to have a single person performing the functions of a Pediatric Champion / PECC. The responsibilities can be fulfilled by two or more people.
“Pediatric Readiness is the day-to-day ability to meet the immediate needs of an ill or injured child” EIIC
EMSC during COVID-19
In addition to usual projects, EMSC has been supporting the children and families of Michigan in new ways. EMSC is working to provide useful and evidence-based guidance to support the physical and mental health of children and families, through this pandemic and beyond. Taking time to speak with our children about what is going on in the world around us, in age appropriate ways, benefits the child as they process and cope with the ever-changing and sometimes frightening circumstances.
- Communicating with Children during COVID-19
- Coping with Change and Loss 5.21.2020
- Helping Children Through Grief and Loss - Resources from MDHHS and Ele's Place 6.2.2020
Mask Wearing to Prevent Community Spread of COVID-19
Many Masks: Children see masks everywhere they go; on parents and neighbors, outside and in the grocery store. This short video from Jump Start Early Childhood Consultation provides information at a level that young ones can understand, presented in a non-threatening and inclusive manner.
- Many Masks - Video
Mask wearing and Asthma - People with asthma over age 2 should be able to breathe through cloth or standard medical masks without trouble. There is enough airflow from gaps around the mask and through it, and you will get plenty of oxygen. If your asthma symptoms keep you from wearing a mask, call your doctor right away for help getting your asthma under control.
- Masks and Asthma - PDF
Activities for Children - Understanding COVID-19 and current challenges
Taking time to reflect is valuable, especially during the unique circumstances of COVID-19. This time has brought challenges and stressors unlike those we have experienced before, but it has also created opportunities. Taking time to reflect is a wonderful way to bond and grow together, as well as facilitate open conversations and strengthen trust. This will benefit your child long into their future.
Parents & Children
- Back-to-School Resources for Families and Educators
- Preparing your Home and Family for COVID-19
- Tips for Parents & Caregivers during COVID-19
- Parent & Caregiver Toolkit
- Tips for LGBTQ Teens & Young Adults
- Tips for Teens