By Laura French
AUSTIN, Texas – The Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) under the EMS for Children Program (EMSC) has published resources on pediatrics and community engagement with children for EMS Week 2021.
The EMS weekly theme for Wednesday, May 19 is EMSC Day, and the EIIC offered ideas for agencies to join on that day or focus on pediatric care throughout the week.
The EMS for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center published graphics on social media to raise awareness about EMSC day during EMS week 2021. (Photo / EIIC)
The EMSC will host the webinar “Pediatric Readiness: Every Child, Every Day” on May 19 as part of the National Pediatric Readiness Project, with a panel of leads from organizations including the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT). The webinar is free and registration can be completed on the ACEP website.
EMSC will also partner with ACEP on May 20 to host a free webinar entitled “Pediatric Readiness: Taking Care of Our Children” that will include updates on the National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project.
To engage in social media, the EIIC has created banners and images that can be downloaded to showcase the EMS week and the EMSC day. The center also offered downloadable templates for agencies to send to local schools for children to write thank-you notes to their local paramedics and paramedics, as well as activity sheets and coloring pages focused on safety education for children.
To highlight EMSC Day and EMSC Day, the EIIC recommended sending a letter to state officials urging them to declare May 19 EMSC Day, stressing the importance of pediatric emergency care assistance and EMS professionals statewide. Letter and proclamation templates have also been published on the EIIC website.
The EIIC encouraged agencies to learn more about the other theme days during EMS week as well, including Education Day on May 17, Safety Day on May 18, Stop Bleeding Day on May 20, and EMS Recognition Day on May 21.