Pediatric Pre-Hospital Care

Pediatric Pre-Hospital Care

Children require special consideration in every industry, including emergency medical services (EMS). Pediatric pre-hospital care is critical to ensure young patients receive the specialized attention they need before reaching a hospital. When dispatched to an emergency involving a child, the actions taken by EMS providers can significantly impact the outcome.

The care provided to children differs significantly from that of adults on many levels. From specific equipment and dosages tailored to their size and age to sensory-friendly environments, children’s unique physiological and developmental needs must be adequately addressed in medical emergencies.

A study reported that well-prepared EMS agencies experience 60-76% lower short-term mortality and 41-66% lower long-term mortality among children. In conclusion, providers must promote continuous education and training to ensure efficient pediatric pre-hospital care.

EMS for Children (EMSC)

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) is a Health Resources & Services Administration program. Designed to reduce child and youth disability and death, EMSC plays a pivotal role in enhancing pediatric pre-hospital care. The program aims to ensure that EMS providers have access to the latest training, equipment, and resources necessary to provide high-quality care to children.

Since 1985, EMSC has raised awareness and helped health systems improve the access and quality of emergency care for children. By funding research and partnering with institutions, EMSC is bridging the gap between adult and pediatric pre-hospital care.

Ambulance for Kids

Credit: Crowley FD

A medical emergency is a frightening situation. Add that stress to a sterile, cramped moving vehicle with bright lights, strange sounds, and unfamiliar faces. It’s easy to understand why ambulances can be uncomfortable and anxiety-inducing for children.

Aiming to promote welcoming pediatric pre-hospital care, the Crowley Fire Department implemented sensory-friendly items into their ambulances. The Communication and Sensory Material bins include books, toys, and cards to help calm and distract kids in their care.

EMERGICON’s network of EMS agencies includes providers who execute state-of-art pediatric pre-hospital care. To learn more about their work, contact EMERGICON’s EMS & Client Hotline: 866-839-3671 |

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