Today, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released the following statement after his bipartisan Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Reauthorization Act of 2018 (S. 3482) passed the Senate. From smaller-sized medical equipment to different dosage requirements for medicine, the EMSC program helps medical professionals meet the unique needs of pediatric patients and provide state of the art emergency medical care for sick and injured children and adolescents. Since the program was created in 1984, pediatric injury-related death rates have been reduced by more than 40 percent.
"When I look back at my legislative accomplishments, I am most proud of those that have helped save children's lives. Since I authored the EMSC in 1984, contributions by this federal program have resulted in remarkable advances that have improved the quality of life for sick or injured children," said Hatch. "Thanks to the EMSC program, we have state-of-the-art equipment, treatment, medication dosing information, and medical guidelines that are uniquely specialized for caring for pediatric patients in emergency medical situations. EMSC covers the entire spectrum of care, from the 911-call to when the child is back home safe and sound post-treatment. The program's continuation is imperative, and I encourage my colleagues in the House to consider it swiftly."
Pediatric patients have important physical, developmental, and mental differences from adults. Now in its 34th year, the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program has made great strides to make sure that the entire spectrum of emergency medical services (EMS) can be provided to children and adolescents no matter where they are.
State Partnership Grants provide states with resources to conduct assessments of their EMSC capabilities; identify gaps; and establish appropriate standards, training and resources to meet the needs of pediatric patients. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories have received EMSC funding under this grant program.
Targeted Issue Grants are awarded to eligible applicants to help address issues of national significance that extend beyond State boundaries. Typically, these grants result in new products or resources, or show the feasibility of new methods, policies, or practices.
State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC) grants establish agreements and ultimately implement a regionalized healthcare delivery system to get the right resources to the right patient at the right time.
The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) is a research infrastructure that facilitates the collaboration of pediatric researchers across the nation in order to perform statistically-valid pediatric emergency research.
The Data Coordinating Center (DCC) serves as a central repository for data generated by the PECARN research nodes, and works with investigators to ensure data quality.
The National EMS for Children Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) assists grantees in data collection, analysis and dissemination.
The National Resource Center (NRC) focuses on dissemination and transfer of best practices in pediatric emergency care.