2007 EMSC Program News Archives


State Partnership Performance Measures Webcast to be Archived (12/12/2007)

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) State Partnership grantees who are interested in having another look at the December 4, 2007, webcast "EMSC State Partnership Performance Measures" now have the opportunity to do so. Video and audio archives are now available. The webcast focused on the changes to the implementation manual for the State Partnership performance measures.

Available for Download: State Partnership Performance Measures Implementation Manual (12/12/2007)

In conjunction with the webcast "EMSC State Partnership Performance Measures," the EMSC National Resource Center released EMSC Performance Measures: An Implementation Manual for State Partnership Grantees (2007 Edition).

State Partnership grantees received a copy of the manual via email just prior to the December 4 webcast. The manual is also available on this website as a downloadable pdf file. Go to "Performance Measures".

NRC Distributes Pandemic Flu Resource Sheet (11/20/07)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) recently developed Children and Pandemic Flu: A Resource Sheet to help answer the question: "Why is it important to address children’s needs in pandemic flu preparation?”. The NRC encourages its listserv readers to download, duplicate, and distribute the sheet to any individuals, committees, or groups that would benefit from the information.

The two-page fact sheet includes a definition for pandemic flu and a list of resources that are useful in preparing an organization, community, or family in the event of a pandemic flu outbreak.

Mark Your Calendars: EMSC to Conduct State Partnership Performance Measures Webcast (11/20/2007)

The EMSC webcast "EMSC State Partnership Performance Measures" will take place on December 4, 2007, from 1 to 2 pm EST. The webcast will focus on the changes to the implementation manual for the State Partnership (SP) performance measures. Suggested audience members include all SP grantees working on performance measures.

Participation in this webcast takes place exclusively through the Internet. Please note that grantees must register at least two days in advance of the event.

EMSC Managers to Receive Copies of Intraosseous Infusion CD (11/17/2007)

The EMSC National Resource Center has recently received clearance from the Department of Health and Human Services to distribute the Intraosseous Infusion interactive training CD. Seventy-five copies will be sent to each state EMSC manager.

Intraosseous (IO) infusion is a potentially lifesaving emergency medical procedure, especially for young children. In an emergency, such as cardiac or respiratory arrest of a child, health care providers often have difficulty establishing vascular access – the younger the child, the more difficult this may be. IO line placement is a rapid procedure that allows access to circulation and requires little training, other than a brief educational program. The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that IO infusion be used when initial attempts at vascular access are unsuccessful.

Once received, EMSC managers should forward the CDs to appropriate personnel within their state. The IO Infusion CD can be duplicated at the state’s expense.

2008 State Partnership Grant Guidance Released (11/17/2007)

The 2008 EMSC State Partnership Non-competing Continuation Grant Guidance was distributed electronically to all EMSC State Partnership grantees on October 26, 2007. The application deadlines are November 26 for grants.gov, and December 10 for the Electronic Handbook (EB).

To download both the grant application and instructions, go to http://grants.gov/applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp and enter CFDA Number 93.127. Grantees will need to download and install PureEdge Viewer/Adobe Reader prior to downloading the application package.

Staff members of the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) are available to help. Please do not hesitate to contact your NRC representative for assistance.

NASEMSO Interested In Forming EMSC Council (11/09/2007)

The 2007 National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Annual Meeting is currently underway in Minneapolis. The EMSC committee met on Tuesday, October 30, and made a motion to create an EMSC council within NASEMSO. The motion was presented to the full membership on Wednesday and received great support. Expected membership for this council will be EMSC managers from the State Partnership Grants.

An EMSC council within NASEMSO will allow State Partnership grantees to forge relationships with the EMS state directors, trauma managers, data managers, training coordinators, and other EMS officials. The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) will distribute a survey to poll EMSC managers as to their interest in creating and leading this council.

For more information about the council, contact NRC Executive Director Tasmeen Singh.

EMSC Managers to Receive Copies of TRIPP CD (10/29/2007)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has recently received clearance from the Department of Health and Human Services to distribute the Teaching Resource for Instructors in Prehospital Pediatrics (TRIPP), Second Edition. Seventy-five copies will be sent to each state EMSC manager.

This updated version of the Basic Life Support TRIPP CD incorporates the most recent guidelines of the American Heart Association, and includes several new chapters, including those on cultural competence and family-centered care, as well as an expanded version of the chapter on disaster management.

Once received, EMSC managers should forward the CDs to each training center within their state. The TRIPP CD can be duplicated at the state’s expense or it can be accessed online through the Center for Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

NRC Publishes Four New Fact Sheets Targeting CSHCN (10/29/2007)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) has recently received clearance from the Department of Health and Human Services to distribute and post to the federal EMSC web site the following four fact sheets targeting children with special health care needs (CSHCN):

Common Emergencies Affecting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  1. Las emergencias más communes entre los niños o jóvenes con necesidades especiales de salud (Spanish version of Common Emergencies)
  2. Disaster Preparedness Planning for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  3. Planes para estar preparados en para las familias de niños y jóvenes con necesidades especiales de cuidado medico (Spanish version of Disaster Preparedness Planning)

All four fact sheets are available, free of charge, from this web site. Just click on "Publications and Resources".

Draft Two of the National Education Standards Ready for Review (10/29/2007)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's EMSC Program are pleased to share the second draft of the National EMS Education Standards for the emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, and paramedic levels for EMS community review and comment.

The development of the National EMS Education Standards (the Standards) is an important step toward implementing the vision outlined in the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach. The Standards will eventually replace the current U.S. Department of Transportation's National Standard Curricula.

Florida’s K.I.D. Kit Available Through EMSC National Resource Center (09/28/2007)

The Florida Department of Health’s recently produced K.I.D. (Kids In Disaster) Kit – a pediatric resource for disaster responders and receivers developed by Lou Romig, MD, Florida EMSC Medical Advisor – is now available through the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC).

The NRC has received approximately 500 copies of the kit for distribution. Those interested in obtaining a copy of the kit should contact the NRC. The kit is available free of charge.

California Hosts 10th Annual EMSC Conference (09/28/2007)

The State of California EMS Authority is sponsoring its 10th Annual EMSC Conference, "Keeping Children Healthy and Safe," on November 8, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Anaheim, CA. The conference is made possible through an EMSC grant.

The one-day conference features the following workshops: (1) Taking Care of Our Smallest Guests: Prehospital Care with an Extra Touch of Magic; (2) Children in Disasters: The Forgotten Victims; (3) Pediatric Potpourri: Challenging "Real Time" Cases in Prehospital Care; (4) Safe Surrender; (5) Controversies in the Treatment of Pediatric Trauma Patients;(6) Injury Prevention: Before You Turn the Key, Make Sure You Can See; and (7) Child Abuse.

Continuing education credits are available for nurses and prehospital providers.

News from Florida’s EMSC Program (09/03/2007)

Florida EMSC is in the process of soliciting nominations for the upcoming 2007-2009 term for the Florida EMSC Advisory Committee. Appointments are expected to be made by State Surgeon General in early October.

In other news: Using funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration Bioterrorism Preparedness Grant, the Florida Department of Health has produced the K.I.D. (Kids In Disaster) Kit, a pediatric resource for disaster responders and receivers developed by Lou Romig, MD, Florida EMSC Medical Advisor.

This kit focuses on pediatric aspects of disaster triage and the emergency medical assessment and treatment of illness and injury resulting from man-made or natural disasters. Copies have been distributed at local, state, national, and international levels. Copies of the kit will be available through the EMSC National Resource Center, free of charge.

For additional information or questions, contact Patricia Kenyon .

Kentucky EMSC Project Establishes Website (09/03/2007)

The Kentucky EMSC program has recently launched a new web site that contains information about the state’s EMSC grant, EMSC advisory committee, approved pediatric protocols, and training opportunities, as well as select publications and useful resource links.

Connecticut EMSC Project Develops EMS Shadow Program (09/03/2007)

Connecticut has finalized plans for an emergency medical services (EMS) shadow program to be held at a local children's emergency department beginning in October. The goal of the program is to de-stress emergency situations for EMS providers where pediatric patients are involved.

The shadow program will enable EMS providers to spend an evening at the hospital observing how emergency department staff deal with pediatric medical problems along with the psycho-social needs of the child and their family.

For more information, contact Wendy Wheeler, Connecticut EMSC coordinator.

New Hampshire Releases "Public Access Defibrillation in New Hampshire Schools"; Document Coincides with State's Recently Enacted AED Law (08/14/2007)

New Hampshire's EMSC project at Dartmouth reports that it, in collaboration with the state's Bureau of EMS, has released the document "Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) in New Hampshire Schools." The document includes suggestions for implementing a PAD program, ideas for placement of the machines, and information on how a school can help reduce the risk of sudden cardiac deaths.

The document was developed in part because New Hampshire enacted a law in June 2007 that establishes an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Commission. The commission will create a trust fund and provide grants to schools to purchase defibrillators.

The legislation builds on prior work done by the state's Bureau of EMS through the Rural Access to Emergency Medical Devices grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Rural Health Policy. The grant allowed the Bureau to purchase 348 AEDs with placement in rural New Hampshire communities. Of this total number, 130 AEDs have been placed in schools.

For more information about the document, contact Janet Houston.

PECARN Bronchiolitis Study Published in NEJM, Receives Media Coverage (07/30/2007)

The current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) features the lead article "A Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Trial of Dexamethasone for Bronchiolitis," a study conducted through the EMSC Program's Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).

Lead investigators in this nationwide study involving 600 infants aged 2 to 12 months found that in infants with acute moderate-to-severe bronchiolitis who were treated in the emergency department, a single dose of 1 mg of oral dexamethasone per kilogram did not significantly alter the rate of hospital admission, the respiratory status after four hours of observation, or later outcomes.

The article has generated a substantial amount of media coverage in the Utah and Sacramento markets. PR Newswire and HealthNewsDigest.com also circulated stories about the study.

Alaska EMSC Approves Pediatric Facility Recognition Program (07/30/2007)

Alaska’s EMSC project has recently developed and had approved a Pediatric Facility Recognition program. The program is voluntary and has two levels: Emergency Department Recognized for Stabilization and Care of Pediatrics; and Pediatric Critical Care Centers. Information about the program will be distributed throughout the state and the hope is that verification visits can begin this fall or early spring 2008.

For more information about the program, contact Doreen Risley.

AAP Issues Policy Statement Targeting Pediatricians/PPCP (07/19/2007)

The best way to check readiness for a pediatric emergency in the office is to pretend you have one. Acting out scenarios with as many staff members as possible provides a good opportunity for practice, according to the new policy statement, Preparation for Emergencies in the Offices of Pediatricians and Pediatric Primary Care Providers (PPCP).

Emergencies are common in primary care practices, yet many health care professionals discount the need for preparation. Some physicians mistakenly assume emergencies won't happen or that they can rely on a rapid response from emergency medical services. Still others don't want to invest in the equipment and training.

The American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine released the policy statement in the July 2007 issue of Pediatrics. The statement is also featured in the article "Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies in the office," which appeared in the July issue of AAP NEWS.

2007 National EMSC Heroes Award Winners Announced (07/01/2007)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 National Heroes Awards (NHA). They include:

Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, recipient of the EMSC Lifetime Achievement Award
  1. Susan Fuchs, MD, recipient of the EMSC Advisory Board Member Award
  2. Marie Renzi of Delaware, recipient of the EMSC Project Coordinator of Distinction Award
  3. Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith, RN, NREMT-P of Virginia, recipient of the EMSC Provider Leadership Award
  4. Shauna Hatton-Ward of Utah, recipient of the EMSC Family Representative Volunteer of the Year Award
  5. Howard Corneli, MD, MS, recipient of the Outstanding EMSC Research Project Award

Congratulations to each of our winners! For more information about the NHA or to receive a copy of the 2007 NHA Recipients news release with photos, contact the NRC at 202-884-4927.

Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting Mixes Education with Fun (07/01/2007)

This year's Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting, held June 19 to 21, 2007, at the Hilton Hotel in Silver Spring, MD, was a big success. Grantees from throughout the country met, mingled, laughed, and learned about the latest issues affecting the EMSC Program.

The staff of the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) and the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center would like to thank all those who participated as speakers, volunteers, and attendees. A good time was had by all, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year.

If you are missing a workshop handout or misplaced contact information for anyone you met at the meeting, contact the NRC. Staff at the Center will be happy to help you obtain the information needed.

EMSC Acknowledges 5- and 10-year Program Coordinators (07/01/2007)

During the 2007 National EMSC Heroes Award ceremony on June 19, EMSC Federal Project Officer Dan Kavanaugh, MSW, LCSW-C, and Nurse Consultant Tina Turgel, RN, BSN, recognized several individuals who "have demonstrated their commitment to EMSC through their long-standing service as state coordinators."

Ten individuals were recognized and received a plaque for "at least five years of service in their current capacity as state coordinators." They include: EJ Daily of Georgia; Scott Hogan of Washington; Debbie Huffman of Louisiana; Melia Jenkins of Florida; Thomas Manglona of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Island; Amy Marsh of South Dakota; Helena Rincon, Nodal Administrator for PECARN; Doreen Risley of Alaska; Tom Taylor of Kentucky; and Susan Werner of Oregon.

Fourteen individuals were recognized and received a plaque "for at least 10 years of service in their capacity as state coordinators." They include: Katrina Altenhofen of Iowa; Dave Boer of South Dakota; Gloria Hale of New York; Claudia Hines of Minnesota; Janet Houston of New Hampshire; Nancy Kelly-Goodstein of New Jersey; Debbie Kuhn of Nebraska; Evelyn Lyons of Illinois; Paul Marmen of Oklahoma; Rhonda Phillipi of Tennessee; Marie Renzi of Delaware; Robin Shivley of Michigan; Cyndy Wright-Johnson of Maryland; and Carol Zorna of Wyoming.

Tennessee Legislature Passes EMSC-Related Bill (06/15/2007)

This month, the Tennessee legislature passed a bill (HB 842/SB 645) requiring that the state adopt standards on facility equipment, qualifications of facility personnel, and continuing professional education for facility personnel to further ensure adequate emergency medical care for children. Many of these standards are related to the EMSC Performance Measures.

The bill also expands the membership of the Tennessee committee on pediatric emergency care to consist of representatives of various health care related-organizations.

The bill has been forwarded to the Governor for his signature, at which point it will become law. Congratulations Tennessee!

National EMSC Day Proclaimed by Virgin Islands Governor (06/08/2007)K

Congratulations to our EMSC colleagues in the Virgin Islands. They secured a proclamation by Governor John de Jongh, Jr. recognizing EMSC Day 2007.

In his proclamation, the governor stated: "EMS for children supports community-based public service, whose presence is vital to children in need….These services for children promote high-level care given by EMS providers with pediatric emergency skills, who are unceasingly prepared to respond and restore children who access the system to optimum levels of health."

MIEMSS Celebrates EMS Week/EMSC Day with Statewide Awards Program (05/25/2007)

The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) honored children from across the state with its "Right Care When It Counts" award during a special ceremony on May 23, the official observance of National EMSC Day 2007. One child from each of its five emergency medical services (EMS) regions was recognized for their fearless effort to help save another person's life or prevent injuries from occurring.

CBS-TV network affiliate WUSA-9 in Washington, DC, covered the event and ran "Young Hero Honored" that afternoon and evening.

Congratulations MIEMSS!

Florida EMSC Participates in EMS Week/EMSC Day Kickoff Celebration (05/24/2007)

On Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Governor's Square Mall in Tallahassee, staff of Florida's EMSC project participated in an EMS Week Kickoff event that showcased the theme "EMS: Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service." Partnering agencies gathered to educate families on EMS prevention, preparedness, response, and personal responsibility.

In recognition of EMSC Day, the Florida EMSC project provided a triage resource kit to each county health department within the state. The kits included: two Broselow Pediatric Antidotes for Chemical Warfare Tapes, JumpSTART/START Badge Buddie, Save A Child Poster, and Emergency Information Forms.

In other news...the Florida EMSC project is proud to announce the upcoming Prehospital Pediatric Education Symposium 2007, scheduled for November 27 to 28, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

Oregon Hires New EMSC Program Manager (05/24/2007)

Please join us in welcoming Philip Engle as the new EMSC Program Manager for Oregon. Mr. Engle previous served as the injury prevention program coordinator at the Department of Emergency Medicine for Oregon Health Sciences and University where he also served as their community outreach coordinator.

We look forward to seeing him next month at the Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting. Mr. Engle can be reached by email or by telephone at (971) 673-0525.

Illinois EMSC Wins Multiple Awards (05/05/2007)

On April 7, 2007, at the 2007 Illinois Emergency Medical Technician Association (IEMTA) Conference in Springfield, IL, the Illinois EMSC project was presented the "2007 IEMTA Visionary Award" for its outstanding leadership and service to the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team.

This is the second time IEMTA recognized the state’s EMSC project. In 2003, Illinois EMSC was presented with the "Robert Stripp Award" for its outstanding work in the prehospital arena. This was the first year that an organization had been the recipient of this award. The program also was honored in 1999 with the EMSC Project Coordinator of Distinction Award. Evelyn Lyons received her award during the National EMSC Heroes Awards ceremony in Washington, DC.

Congratulations March Cichon, DO; Sam Gaines, MD; Evelyn Lyons, RN, MPH; and other members of the Illinois EMSC Work Team!

Illinois EMSC Releases Disaster Preparedness Exercises Addressing the Pediatric Population (05/05/2007)

Inclusion of infants and children in disaster drills and exercises is an essential component in preparedness efforts. The recently released Disaster Preparedness Exercises Addressing the Pediatric Population can assist organizations in preparing to treat critically ill or injured pediatric patients during an actual disaster or mass casualty incident.

Developed by Illinois EMSC under the direction of the Pediatric Bioterrorism Work Group, Illinois Terrorism Task Force, this 30-page booklet includes several scenarios and tabletop exercise templates, as well as checklists, a list of resources, and information about the START and JumpSTART triage systems.

Initial printing and distribution of the booklet was supported through a Health Resources and Services Administration’s Hospital Bioterrorism grant.

ACEP Releases Materials for EMS Week 2007 (03/15/2007)

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the EMSC Program announce that the 34th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week will be celebrated May 20 to 26, 2006. Wednesday, May 23, has been designated as EMSC Day.

National EMS Week and EMSC Day will feature hundreds of grassroots activities coast-to-coast that will be planned around this year’s theme, "Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service," which exemplifies the excellent services provided every day, under any circumstances by the 750,000 EMS providers who serve their communities. On May 23, local communities and medical personnel are encouraged to focus their EMS Week activities on raising public awareness about the need for specialized emergency care for children.

The 2007 EMS Week Planning Kit is now available for download.

NHA Recipient Oconomowoc Junior Woman’s Club Initiates CSHCN Project (02/21/2007)

The Oconomowoc Junior Woman's Club of Wisconsin, a 2006 National Heroes Award recipient, is once again earning the accolades of the EMSC Program. The club is establishing a database to identify children with special health care needs (CSHCN) in the event of an emergency or disaster.

"The database is intended to equip medical care workers entering an emergency situation with knowledge of children's needs," Kia LaBracke, the club's co-chairman, said. The project is in its infant stages but hopes to first identify all children with advanced technological needs, such as feeding tubes, or an IV, starting with those released from Children's Hospital.

Last year, at the Annual EMSC Grantee Meeting, club members were honored with the Community Partnership of Excellence Award for their endeavor to equip every ambulance in Waukesha County with a pediatric bag, a first responder's kit to handle emergencies involving children.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently published an article about the club’s database activity.

Wyoming EMSC Parent Rep Conducts Emotionally-Charged Drinking and Driving Awareness Event (02/21/2007)

Wyoming EMSC Parent Representative Kris Bacheller is working with her local ambulance service and EMS Council in Pinedale, WY, to present an educational simulation on April 19 and 20, 2007, using the "Every 15 Minutes" pre-planned program. The goal of the event is to educate local high school students about the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol.

The event entails removing one student from a classroom every 15 minutes, representing those killed in alcohol-related crashes every 15 minutes in the United States. An official death notice will be read in the classroom, and a photo and gravestone will be taped to the participating student's locker. These students will spend the evening with the local ambulance service. They will pick out a coffin at the local funeral home, watch how a criminal is processed at the Sheriff's Office, and watch a simulated resuscitation at the local clinic.

On day two, during a school-wide assembly, these students will read letters they had written to their parents telling them all the things they never had time to say. A Mock Car Crash utilizing student and community volunteers as victims will follow.

For more information about holding a similar event in your area, access the Every 15 Minutes web site.

New York Permanently Establishes EMSC Program (01/24/2007)

New York State passed legislation last year to permanently establish its EMSC program and EMSC Advisory Committee. Requirements in the legislation reinforce the program's efforts toward achieving national EMSC performance standards.

New York's EMSC Advisory Committee will consist of at least 15 members, including two parents of children who were previously ill or injured or who have special health care needs. The program has been operating since 1997 with its EMSC Advisory Committee functioning informally since 1998.

For more information or questions, contact EMSC Program Manager Gloria Hale.

Work of Tennessee EMSC Program Published in Pediatrics (01/24/2007)

The January 2007 edition of Pediatrics (Vol. 119, No. 1) featured a study conducted in part by the Tennessee EMSC project located within the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The goal of the study, titled "Improvement in Booster Seat Use in Tennessee," was to evaluate the appropriate use of child safety restraints and knowledge of the enhanced child safety restraint law before and after its July 2004 enactment.

Study authors conclude that improvements in booster seat use were seen after adoption of an enhanced state law requiring use; however, racial differences in restraint use persisted among 4- to 8-year-old passengers.

The EMSC National Resource Center congratulates Rhonda Phillippi and her colleagues on their publication.

PECARN Launches Online Training Module for External Investigators (01/03/2007)

The EMSC Program is pleased to announce the availability of a new online training module for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). The goal of the training module is to inform clinicians and researchers about the structure and activities of PECARN and to facilitate the use of PECARN by non-PECARN investigators.

The purpose of PECARN is to develop an infrastructure capable of overcoming barriers to pediatric emergency and EMS systems research.

The PECARN Training Module, funded by the EMSC Program, was developed through a collaboration between PECARN, the Center for the Advancement of Distance Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the EMSC National Resource Center.

State Update: Florida EMSC Celebrates an Incredible Year (01/03/2007)

It’s been an incredible year for Florida EMSC. Highlights include: sponsoring eight Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) courses throughout the state; celebrating EMS week and EMSC day by distributing more than 7,000 stickers to rural hospitals throughout Florida; distributing approximately 260 copies of the "Decontamination for Children" DVDs to emergency department and EMS Initial Training Centers in Florida; and printing 100,000 laminated badge cards with the START and JumpSTART MCI (mass-casualty incident) Triage Algorithm and 5,000 Broselow CWIK (Chemical Warfare in Kids) antidote tapes, both of which will be distributed to EMS provider agencies and emergency departments as they send in their survey responses.

But that’s not all! During the first week in December, a video crew under the direction of Lou Romig, MD, shot the film for Florida’s upcoming K.I.D. (Kids In Disaster) Kit, a pediatric MCI triage DVD resource tool. A school bus accident was staged, which involved 15 pediatric victims, interested bystanders, and panicked family members. The DVD is scheduled for release in March 2007.

And, there’s good news on the surveys. As part of the EMSC grant goals and objectives, as well as the Florida EMS Strategic Plan, the program is collecting important data on pediatric care in Florida. A survey for hospital emergency departments was developed and distributed, and a response rate of more than 50% percent was achieved. Surveys for the EMS medical directors and the EMS Initial Training Centers have also been developed.

R01 on EMSC Research Just Released (01/03/2007)

The multi-agency program Funding Opportunity Announcement "Research on Emergency Medical Services for Children" has been released. The program announcement (PA) replaces PA-05-081, which was previously released on March 31, 2005. The PA is designed to improve the quality and quantity of research related to emergency medical services for children, with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality in children through improved care delivery.

This funding opportunity invites the submission of applications dealing with the following areas of research included under the term EMSC: prevention research to reduce the need for emergency care; clinical research to ensure that children receive high-quality and appropriate medical, nursing, and mental health care in an emergency; health systems research, from prehospital care, to the emergency department, to in-patient care and return to the community; cost-effectiveness analyses; and methodological studies to improve the quality of research conducted.