Louisiana Emergency Medical Services for Children

Emergency Medical Services for Children

 

Louisiana’s Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program was established in 1992, and operates within the Bureau of Family Health.

EMSC is an initiative designed to reduce child and youth morbidity and mortality caused by acute to illness or injury.

 

The goals of the program include ensuring that:

  • state-of-the-art emergency medical care is available for all ill or injured children and adolescents
  • pediatric services are well integrated into an emergency medical services (EMS) system
  • the entire spectrum of emergency services, including primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation, are provided to children and adolescents

 

EMSC’s current initiatives and activities include:

  • Continuing pediatric education for EMS professionals and emergency nurses
  • Distributing pediatric equipment to EMS providers
  • Collaboration with National EMSC Program and other states to meet national performance measures for pediatric emergency care
  • Assisting hospitals and EMS agencies in improving trauma care for children

 

External Resources

  • FREE Education  FEMA IS-366A - Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
    The purpose of this course is to provide guidance for Emergency Managers and implementers of children's programs about meeting the unique needs that arise among children as a result of a disaster or emergency.
  • AAP Children and Disasters Website
    The newly redesigned American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Children and Disasters website is now live. This comprehensive website provides access to key resources organized by audience and topic, as well as pediatric preparedness tools and projects.
  • American College of Emergency Physicians releases crisis preparation browser game: Disaster Hero
    A browser-based game designed to instruct families in disaster preparation, emphasizes the importance of being prepared, including having a detailed emergency plan and kits for certain geographical disasters including earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. Through arcade, puzzle and hidden-object type mini-games, players will learn safety measures for these occurrences.
  • SAMHSA Podcast: Tips for Helping Children and Youth Cope in the Aftermath of Disasters
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released "Tips for Helping Children and Youth Cope in the Aftermath of Disasters," a podcast focusing on the common reactions of and helpful approaches for children and youth involved in a disaster or traumatic event. The podcast also features implementation coping strategies to promote resilience from communities that have experienced traumatic events.

 

Prevention of Heat Emergencies Project

Learn how to recognize, prevent, and treat heat emergencies. The Emergency Medical Services for Children program has free resources for EMS providers, teachers, coaches, and parents on the EMSC: Exertional Heat Illness Prevention page.

 

Links to EMSC Resources

 

Louisiana EMSC Program Manager

For more information about the EMS for Children program in Louisiana, please contact:

Amanda Broussard, MEd, NRP
Program Manager, EMS-C
EMSC@la.gov 
504-568-5060 (Office)