Louisiana Emergency Medical Services for Children

Emergency Medical Services for ChildrenThe Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program in Louisiana was established in 1992. The Bureau of EMS is the lead agency for EMSC in Louisiana.

EMSC is an initiative designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness or injury. The goals are to ensure that state-of-the-art emergency medical care is available for all ill or injured children and adolescents; that pediatric services are well integrated into an emergency medical services (EMS) system; and that the entire spectrum of emergency services, including primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation, are provided to children and adolescents.

Activities include:

  • Continuing pediatric education for EMTs and emergency nurses through grants and conferences
  • 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.  Link to the course: http://www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-366.a 

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 minigames, players will learn safety measures for these occurrences.

Tracking and Reunification of Children in Disasters
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health has released "Tracking and Reunification of Children in Disasters: A Lesson and Reference for Health Professionals." The online course focuses on responding to an unaccompanied child in a disaster. It is accredited for Continuing Education credit.

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 of heat emergencies.  The Emergency Medical Services for Children program has a number of free resources for EMS providers, teachers, coaches, and parents on the EMSC: Exertional Heat Illness Prevention page.

Links To EMSC Resources

American College of Emergency Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
Children's Safety Network
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Research Education & Support (CARES) Foundation
Emergency Medical Services for Children
Kaiser Family Foundation
National Organization for Youth Safety
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
National Children's Center for Injury Prevention and Control
National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Safe Kids
Think First National Injury Prevention

Louisiana EMSC Program Manager

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

Rose Johnson, RN
Program Manager, EMS-C
225-925-7244 (Office)