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Pediatric Resources

A comprehensive EMS system is ready every day for every kind of emergency. Almost every EMS system provides emergency care for children.

Infants, children, and teens who need emergency medical care require specialized pediatric knowledge, skills and equipment. 

Since EMS clinicians care for children and adolescents less frequently than adults, providing pediatric emergency treatment can be stressful. This anxiety can be managed with education and training that provides and reinforces pediatric knowledge and skills.

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Safe Transport of Children in Ambulances & Recommended Essential Equipment

The following resources were developed to foster the creation of best practices for transporting children in ambulances and to provide consistent national recommendations for local, state, and national EMS agencies.

EMS for Children Branch

Since 1984, the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Branch of the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has worked to ensure that no matter where a child lives, goes to school or travels, healthcare systems are ready to provide quality pediatric emergency care.  

The OEMS and the EMSC Branch partnership supports EMS clinicians in improving pediatric emergency care by funding research and putting it into practice through the development of resources and tools. 

The federal project officers within the HRSA EMSC Branch oversee and manage the activities of the EMSC Program’s five major components as well as the Pediatric Pandemic Network.

EMSC Programs

  1. EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC)

    The EIIC focuses on quality improvement, education and collaboration, and identifies and implements strategies that result in the translation of evidence into tools and resources that change clinical practice.

  2. EMSC Data Center

    The EMSC Data Center supports research conducted by the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), collects performance-measure data to improve pediatric emergency care, and collaborates with national partners to support data collection efforts to assess prehospital and hospital pediatric readiness. 

  3. Pediatric Emergency Care Research Network (PECARN)

    PECARN is the first and only federally funded research network for pediatric emergency care. One of its seven research nodes is dedicated exclusively to prehospital pediatric research. 

  4. EMSC Targeted Issues (TI) Grant Program

    EMSC Targeted Issues (TI) Grants support projects that develop and implement practical strategies to address unmet gaps in pediatric emergency care. Projects ultimately produce research, toolkits, education modules, protocols and policies. 

  5. EMSC State Partnership Grant Program

    Since 1997, the EMSC Program has provided funding to help states and jurisdictions improve and integrate pediatric care into their emergency medical care system.

Pediatric Pandemic Network

The Pediatric Pandemic Network aims to empower healthcare systems and communities to provide high-quality, equitable care to children every day and in crises. It is funded by HRSA and the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response.

Last Updated: 02/07/2024