Louisiana 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
- 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.
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
- American College of Emergency Physicians
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Children's Safety Network
- Kaiser Family Foundation
- National Organization for Youth 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:
Amanda Broussard, MEd, NRP
Program Manager, EMS-C