Fact AL Fact Sheet by CC3X2Dm



The EMSC Program: Taking Action, Saving Lives
The federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program supports projects in the
states to expand and improve emergency medical services for children who need treatment for
life threatening illnesses or injuries. The program has funded pediatric emergency care
improvement initiatives in every state, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The
Alabama Emergency Medical Services Division (AEMSD) has been actively involved in the
federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Partnership Program and
institutionalizing EMSC into the EMS Program since 1995. The Alabama Department of Public
Health took strides to ensure that the special needs of children were included in protocols and
education components when licensing Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) in the 1990’s
and early 2000’s.

Emergency Medical Care Needs of Children
Injury is the #1 cause of death in children. This year alone, 14 million children under the age of
15 will be injured seriously enough to require medical attention. These are tragic figures,
especially since injuries are not accidents; they have predictable patterns, circumstances and at
risk groups.

Accidental fatalities occur as a result of unintentional injuries. The major causes of unintentional
injury deaths studied in detail include motor vehicle accidents, house fires, drowning, suffocation,
and firearms.

2005 Pediatric accidental death rate per 100,000 for Alabama residents in the age categories
    under 1 year = 45.5
    1-4 years       = 19.4
    5-9 year        = 7.9
    10-14 years = 11.0

Current Grant
Alabama’s current EMSC Partnership Grant is funding the following goals and objectives:
       1. Continue the installation process of positioning the Alabama EMSC Program into this
           state’s EMS system
       2. Ensure the Alabama Office of EMS and Trauma provides plenty of variety and
           opportunities for pre-hospital providers to obtain the necessary pediatric certifications
           for recertification under the Alabama EMS Rules
       3. Maintain an EMSC Advisory Committee with all required members
       4. Ensure Alabama’s required pediatric equipment for ambulances is equal to that of
           AAP/ACEP Joint Guidelines
       5. Ensure that Alabama’s electronic data collection software is National Emergency
           Medical Services Information Systems (NEMSIS) compliant
       6. Six EMS regions are providing Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professional
           (PEPP) courses

    Alabama Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health Services, Alabama Child Death Review System (ACDRS)
    Alabama Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics

Previous EMSC Grant Accomplishments
Alabama EMSC Statewide Needs Assessment: The Alabama EMSC Needs Assessment was
completed in 1998. The purpose of this needs assessment was to measure the degree of injury
risk at any child care center in Alabama. The Alabama EMSC Needs Assessment was
instrumental in later development of “School Preparedness for Pediatric Emergencies” program
and introduction of the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Personnel (PEPP) course to the State
of Alabama.

Other Accomplishments: Alabama’s EMSC Grant accomplishments include (1) creation and
adoption of pediatric specific EMS protocols (2) development of the Alabama Patient Care Report
(PCT) database as a useful tool to direct EMS activity in the State and (3) institutionalization of
EMSC into State EMS by the formation of an EMSC Advisory Committee as a subcommittee of
the State Emergency Medical Control Committee (SEMCC).

Collaboration and Coordination
The Alabama EMSC program has teamed up with ADPH office of Center for Emergency
Preparedness who helped distribute the Emergency Guidelines for Schools manual to schools
and daycares throughout the state.

Alabama EMSC has coordinated with six regional EMS agencies to provide more opportunities
for continuing education (PEPP courses) for EMS personnel.

The EMSC advisory committee is active with all positions filled. Committee members include
representation from American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency
Physicians, Alabama Highway Safety Administration, Alabama Hospital Association, State EMS
and Trauma, Emergency Nurse, School Nurse, EMTs, and Family Representative.

ADPH office of Center for Emergency Preparedness has partnered with the EMSC program to
provide and distribute pediatric emergency equipment to provider services for ambulances.

                                       For Further Information:
                                               Verla Thomas
                                              (334) 206-5383
                            Federal EMSC Program: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/emsc


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