EMSC - Emergency Medical Services for Children

Background:

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) projects are currently supported by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Beginning in 1985, Congress has continued to approve funding for EMSC projects.

Mission Statement

To reduce mortality and morbidity of children and youth due to severe illness or trauma. EMSC strives to ensure that the state of the art emergency medical care is easily accessible for all ill or injured children and adolescents, that there are reliable resources and that there is continuity of care across the spectrum of emergency services. This includes prevention, acute care and rehabilitation.

 Goals

To reduce Morbidity and mortality of Wyoming children;

To implement effective pediatric medical training programs for health practitioners;

To establish formal childhood injury initiatives.

Historical Objectives

To continue to build the infrastructure of the Wyoming EMSC system by using the existing Pediatric Task Force and building upon it in communities through effective coalition building.

To plan and implement a data and surveillance system that will touch on many levels or components including school site injuries, motor vehicle trauma, hospital trauma registries, and the ambulance trip reporting system.

To establish minimum pediatric standards and policies including treatment and triage protocols, pediatric equipment needs, facility categorization and policies.

To implement broad-based training for both pre-hospital as well as hospital providers by utilizing existing training programs that have been developed by other EMSC project grantees and those of major organizations such as the American Heart Association.

To develop projects to raise the awareness of school sport injuries to administrators and athletic coaching staff.

To target closed head injury problems in sporting events.

Past Projects 

Health Fairs - Participation in school and community fairs

WY Brain Injury - Collaboration to train coaches, athletic trainers and physical education teachers as providing prevention programs for Jr. High & High School students.

Think First - Teachers and pediatric nursing staff training on head injury.

Safe Kids - Program Support for prevention programs for children birth through 14 years of age.

EMSC Instructor + Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) classes.

Survey of pediatric equipment on hand in emergency rooms.

Survey of pediatric equipment found on ambulance vehicles.

School Nurse - EMSC training for school nurses .

School injury surveillance tool in planning stage.

Pediatric presentations at conferences.

Developing Wyoming EMSC brochure.

Tidbits - Safety article published every week in Tidbits magazine

Community Integrated Systems of Services (CISS)/Health systems development on child care grant in collaboration with family services.

Pediatric Equipment - Purchased and available for check out for EMSC or PALS classes.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support / Emergency Medical Services for Children (PALS+/EMSC) classes coordinated statewide

Participation on Wyoming Suicide Prevention Task Force. 

E-mail the EMSC Program:  Brandon.kelley.wyo.gov