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EMS for Children

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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

Pediatric Readiness - The ability to meet the immediate needs of an ill or injured child. This is a priority for the EMSC program

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  • 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.

    •  July 8, 2021 : Cancelled due to COVID-19
    • July 14, 2022 : Agenda / Minutes
  • Michigan EMSC Performance Measures

    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. 



    • 2017/2018
    • 2020
    • 2021



    • Pediatric Champions


      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. 

      About Pediatric Champions / PECCs

      Pediatric Champions Website

      Hospital Pediatric Website

      “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. Please utilize the following resources and evidence-based guidance to support the physical and mental health of children and families, through this pandemic and beyond.

    Mask Wearing to Prevent Community Spread of COVID-19

    Many Masks: 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. 

    Mask wearing and Asthma - People with asthma over age 2 should be able to breathe through cloth or standard medical masks without trouble.  If your asthma symptoms keep you from wearing a mask, call your doctor right away for help getting your asthma under control.

    Activities for Children - Understanding COVID-19 and current challenges 

    COVID-19 has brought challenges and stressors unlike those we have experienced before, but it has also provided opportunities. Taking time to reflect is a wonderful way to bond with our children, as well as facilitate open conversations and strengthen trust. This will benefit your child not only during these uncertain times, but long into their future.

    Parents & Children