Emergency Medical Services for Children

Emergency Medical Services for Children

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The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is funded through a federal grant administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Its goal is to ensure that all children and adolescents receive appropriate care in an emergency through research, quality improvement initiatives, and a close-knit network of state partners that carry out evidence-based and best-practice improvement plans in 58 states and U.S. territories.

The Vermont EMSC program was established in 1989 when the Department of Health was awarded a Bureau of Maternal and Child Health EMSC Demonstration grant.  Since that time, Vermont EMSC has expanded to change with the changing of emergency healthcare, building and participating in injury prevention activities, community awareness raising initiatives, and pre-hospital education.  This happens by collaborating with many different pediatric champions across the state – including families themselves. The Vermont EMSC program also collaborates with the New England Emergency Medical Services for Children (NE EMSC) to participate in regional initiatives such as pediatric educational opportunities, pediatric emergency care recognition programs, and injury prevention initiatives.

All of these efforts are important in working toward the primary goal of improving emergency care for every child in Vermont, no matter where they live, play, or go to school. 

If you have any comments or questions about the program, or if you’d like to get involved, please let us know by clicking the link below to e-mail [email protected] or by calling (802) 863-7313.

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The Vermont Emergency Medical Services for Children survey will be open from January 5 to March 31. All EMS heads of service are asked to complete this statewide assessment for the Vermont EMS for Children Program. It should only take 5-10 minutes and is very important. The survey results inform our program on the pediatric capabilities of EMS agencies in Vermont, specifically around the use of pediatric-specific equipment and coordination of pediatric care. The survey can be found at emscsurveys.org

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Every EMSC program works toward nine performance measures determined by the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health program. This allows the EMSC programs to develop special goals, activities, and projects that prioritize improving emergency care for children within each state.

Resources for families and caregivers using Emergency Medical Services for their children. 

Vermont's Emergency Medical Services for Children program works with families, local emergency responders, hospital and community organizations to improve emergency care of our children through education, system development and research.