Welcome to the Pennsylvania EMS for Children Program!
The EMS for Children Program in Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Health – Bureau of EMS, the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC), and other partners as part of a federal grant initiative through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The mission of the Federal EMS for Children Program is to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive appropriate care in a health emergency.
This site has been specifically designed for EMS providers, parents, and the community to provide information on the Pennsylvania EMSC Program and its activities. We encourage you to browse the various menu options above to learn more about the EMS for Children Project. If you have any comments or questions about the site, please let us know by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab.
This handy document from the PA Office of Developmental Programs, PA Department of Human Services offers responders information on how to understand where specific conditions could impact effective communications, both from the patient and provider. * Click on the graphic to open *
The US Department of Justice has EMS specific resources to assist with identification and response to Vicarious Trauma and EMS providers. * Click on the graphic to open *
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PA Department of Health general information on COVID-19
CDC information related to COVID-19 and children.
CDC Health Advisory
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Public Health Emergency – COVID-19 Resources for Pediatric Healthcare Leaders and Clinicians
Peds Ready | The National Pediatric Readiness Project
The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a national multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure all U.S. emergency departments have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. The guidelines and resources are based on the “Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department.”
To learn more about Pediatric Readiness click HERE for an interactive guide
The Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Project (PECC)
The Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Project seeks to establish a designated person or group to ensure that EMS agencies and hospital emergency departments are prepared to respond to pediatric emergencies. Click here to learn more about PECC
Pediatric Continuing Education
The Pennsylvania EMS for Children program supports the need for continual and quality pediatric education for EMS providers. You can access several pediatric courses through TRAIN PA, using your login information.
Additionally, the PA EMSC program continues to seek out new education to be shared on the online platform. If you have an approved course that you have presented and would like to put it on TRAIN PA contact the PA EMSC program or the TRAIN PA coordinator at 717.787.8740
Want to host a workshop at your station? The EMSC program can bring a 4-hour Safe Transport of Children in Ambulances workshop to your service, free of charge. This course is designed for all providers and will cover the basics of child passenger safety laws, various pediatric restraint devices, and how to best transport pediatric patients in an ambulance. For more info contact 717.795.0740 ext. 5
Be sure to follow our Facebook page for up to date opportunities for pediatric education as well!
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