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Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center


Recognizing the paucity of adequate pediatric emergency care nationwide, the 1984 Congress authorized the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program. Housed under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the EMSC Program has strived for over 30 years to reduce pediatric mortality and morbidity across the nation.

The EMSC EIIC Pre-Hospital Care domain focuses on pediatric care from education and prevention to incident recognition, treatment at an emergency scene and transport to an emergency department. The major emphasis of this domain is the establishment and support of Prehospital Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators (PECC).

We use improvement science as the basis for our collaborative efforts to improve outcomes for children in emergency situations. Our collaboratives are networks designed for shared learning, driven by an evidence base and known gaps to facilitate rapid translation of research into clinical practice. We support these collaboratives through varied learning systems, coaching, project management, information technology infrastructure, data management, and analytics.

A Pa. pediatric emergency care coordinator shares her expertise with patients, parents and her colleagues