What does the EMSC program address?
The mission of the EMSC program is to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity sustained due to severe illness or trauma. The EMSC Program aims to ensure that state of the art emergency medical care for the ill and injured child or adolescent; pediatric service is well integrated into an emergency medical service system backed by optimal resources; and that entire spectrum of emergency services, including primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation, is provided to children and adolescents as well as adults, no matter where they live, attend school or travel. Who do you reach?
The EMSC program has in past and present, funded and supported pediatric emergency care improvement initiatives/projects in every State and U.S. Territory to expand and improve emergency care for children who need treatment for life threatening illnesses or injuries.
How do you reach them?
State Partnership Grants (SP): In response to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Report “Growing Pains,” and in partnership with EMS-professionals from across the country, the federal EMSC Program implemented baseline performance measures to address the gaps in healthcare identified in the IOM Report. Based on ongoing assessments conducted by the EMSC State Partnership grantees, the EMSC Program has been able to complete the only national assessment of pediatric pre-hospital emergency care in the nation. EMSC performance measure data has been collected from thousands of EMS agencies and hospital’s to assess the:
Additionally, Program Partners in the states and territories focus efforts to assure that:
Funding is available to each State and U.S. Territory through the State Partnership grant mechanism. Under these partnership grantees, federal funding if available is awarded annually.
Targeted Issue Grants (TI): TI Grants are awarded to eligible applicants to help address issues of national significance that extend beyond State boundaries. Typically, these grants result in new products or resources, or show the feasibility of new methods, policies, or practices.
Examples of products and resources developed:
Studies conducted by TI grantees have resulted in new knowledge regarding:
Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN): the purpose of PECARN is to demonstrate the value of an infrastructure or network designed to be the platform from which to conduct investigations on the efficacy of treatments, transport, and care responses in emergency care settings including those preceding the arrival of children to hospital emergency departments. PECARN provides the leadership and infrastructure needed to promote multi-centered studies, support research collaboration among EMSC investigators and to encourage informational exchanges between EMSC investigators and providers. PECARN conducts meaningful and rigorous multi-institutional research into the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children across the continuum of emergency medicine health care. PECARN works with diverse demographic populations and across varied geographical regions to promote the health of children in all phases of care. The PECARN network consists of multiple Emergency Departments across the nation which represent academic, community, urban, rural, general, and children’s hospitals. The entire network serves approximately one (1) million acutely ill and injured children every year. The PECARN network has published numerous peer reviewed articles that focus is on improving pediatric emergency care nationwide.
What are the programs future goals?
Future EMSC programs goals are:
Do you have any special partnerships?
The EMSC program has long learned that achievement of goals and priorities could not happen without the involvement of people from many walks of life or without the cooperation from other federal agencies and national organizations. The EMSC program has established ongoing partnerships through interagency agreements with multiple federal agencies:
The EMSC program is also involved with several federal collaborative. The Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICMES), National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee NEMSAC and the Interagency Committee on EMSC Research (ICER) who’s main focus are to improve collaborative efforts for the improvement regarding the quality and quantity of EMSC research. The EMSC program has established partnerships with diverse national organizations that look to the improvement of emergency medical care of children through the exchange of knowledge and collaboration. These partnerships include but are not limited to: Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, American college of Surgeons, American Heart Association, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Public Health Association, Emergency Nurses Association, Family Voices, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, National Association of EMS Educators, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of State EMS Officials, National PTA, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, SAFE KIDS Worldwide, the American Trauma Society and the Society of Trauma Nurses.
Do we have resources we would like to make available?
The EMSC program supports two resource centers:
More information on PECARN can be found at www.pecarn.org. The PECARN network also has technical support available through the Central Data Management Coordinating Center. More information can be found at www.pecarn.org/coordinatingCenter