"CELEBRATING FIFTEEN YEARS OF WORKING TOGETHER TO SAVE CHILDREN'S LIVES"
15-year anniversary flyer
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15-year anniversary flyer
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC).
The goal of EMSC is to reduce childhood death and disability by ensuring
that our emergency medical services system and emergency medical response
capabilities are appropriately prepared to handle the needs of children.
Children are not "small adults". Ill and injured children have unique
needs and require a specialized approach to care.
years ago, our country began formalizing our emergency medical response
systems. Development of these early emergency medical services systems were
based on military experiences, which demonstrated that survival could be greatly
enhanced through appropriate triage techniques, timely transport, prehospital
and emergency department care. Over time however, it was found that our
emergency medical services systems focused primarily on adult care while the
specialized needs of children received limited attention at best. For example,
child-sized equipment in ambulances and emergency departments was not
consistently available. Also lacking were training courses that focused on
medical management of childhood emergencies. As a result, while outcomes for
adults in emergency situations improved, children's outcomes did not keep pace.
This ultimately led to federal legislation which created a National EMSC program
to address children's emergency care needs.
In 1994 an EMSC program was
established in Illinois, and is a collaborative effort between the Illinois
Department of Public Health and Loyola University Medical Center. Since 1994,
much has been accomplished in our state, including: improving the availability
of child-sized equipment in ambulances and emergency departments; sponsoring of
hundreds of pediatric educational courses for EMT's, Paramedics, Nurses,
Physicians and other medical care providers; conducting training for school
nurses through a School Nurse Emergency Care course to assure emergency
preparedness of school nurses; conduction of multiple illness/injury prevention
initiatives; establishing partnerships with multiple state and local
organizations; and development of numerous pediatric guidelines and other
resources which are accessible on the Illinois EMSC website at www.luhs.org/emsc.
EMSC has implemented a pediatric facility recognition process that has led to
over 100 hospitals in the state voluntarily meeting equipment, training and
protocol criteria to assure they have appropriate resources and capabilities in
place to manage the seriously ill or injured child. These hospitals are
formally recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health as a
Pediatric Critical Care Center (PCCC), Emergency Department Approved for
Pediatrics (EDAP) or Standby Emergency Department for Pediatrics (SEDP).
For a listing of these hospitals, go to www.luhs.org/emsc and click on the
Facility Recognition link.
in an emergency. Motor vehicle
crashes, drownings, poisonings, burns and asthma are only a few of the life
threatening emergencies that a child may face. Having a well organized
emergency medical services system that parents can access at such times is
vital. Although EMSC has made and will continue to make great progress over the
years, much work remains to ensure children receive optimal medical care. All
of us can work together to save children's lives. For example, hospitals can
review the PCCC, EDAP and SEDP standards and take the steps to achieve one of
these levels. Health care providers can be trained to respond to pediatric
emergencies and to ensure that their offices or departments are equipped to
handle a childhood illness or injury. Parents can talk to their physicians to
understand what constitutes a child health emergency, learn how to access
emergency care in their community, and take CPR and first aid training. School
personnel can discuss injury prevention measures with their students and learn
what to do in an emergency or disaster situation.
the fifteenth anniversary of Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC),
providing an opportunity for us to reflect on and recognize the special
emergency care and injury prevention needs of children, as well as to recognize
the organizations and individuals within our state that have worked diligently
to improve the care that they provide to Illinois children.
Illinois EMSC has
resources that can assist organizations, agencies and individuals in improving
emergency care for children. For further information, check our website at
www.luhs.org/emsc or contact our office at (708) 327-3672.