Celebrate Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

May 22, 2023
Join the EMSC Program in honoring EMS clinicians on Wednesday, May 24.

Since 1974, the third week of May has been designated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. This May 21-27, 2023, we celebrate EMS clinicians and the important work they do in providing lifesaving services for so many Americans, including our most precious patients: children.

Since 2001, the Wednesday of EMS Week has been celebrated as EMS for Children (EMSC) Day. The day recognizes the commitment of prehospital clinicians who care for acutely ill and injured children and spotlights the work of the federal EMSC Program. This year on May 24, the EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center (EIIC)—which supports the federal EMSC Program— will host a free webinar for EMS clinicians from 5-6:30PM CT, “The Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC): Where Emergency Care for Kids Begins,” about the importance of identifying an individual dedicated to coordinating pediatric-specific prehospital care. One and a half hours of CAPCE approved continuing education credits will be offered. Register for the webinar at https://bit.ly/EMSforChildrenDay.

As part of its EMSC Day celebrations, the EIIC is also collaborating with the federal EMSC Program to release a Thank You video for EMS clinicians. In addition, EMSC Day-themed materials, ranging from thank you cards to activities for children, can be downloaded from the EIIC website.

EMSC Day & EMS Week 

“EMS clinicians are called upon not only for individual medical emergencies but also a growing number of other issues, including public health, social services, and disaster response,” says Kate Remick, MD, EIIC Co-Director and Medical Director for the EMS System of San Marcos Hays County. “In the ever-evolving health care environment, we are so grateful to our frontline providers for their skill, passion, and commitment to children and families.”

Promoting the webinar, video, and EMSC Day materials will give a midweek boost to EMS Week activities and recognize “where emergency care begins” for critically ill and injured children. 

Learn more about EMS Week and EMSC Day at https://bit.ly/EMSforChildrenDay. For more information about the EMSC Program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, visit https://emscimprovement.center/.

About the EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center

Part of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program, the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of award U07MC37471 totaling $3M with 0 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov. For more information about EIIC or the EMSC Program, visit https://emscimprovement.center/.

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