Children involved in a medical emergency affect the hearts of all involved. The mission of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) is to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from severe illness or trauma. EMSC addresses the unique medical needs of children by improving how EMS systems manage the emergency medical needs of children in the areas of prevention, pre-hospital EMS care, hospital-based care, rehabilitation and re-entry of the child into the community.
The EMSC program provides “Medi-Tedi" stuffed animals for EMS Services. Medi-Tedi's can be given to the pediatric patients experience traumatic injury or illness. If your service needs has used a Medi-Tedi and needs to have it replaced, please fill out the form below.
Request Medi-Tedi's here.
The EMSC program works to ensure that pediatric patients have providers that are well prepared to care for them. EMS Services that meet education, equipment and other standards to be pediatric ready are recognized for their commitment. The EMSC Decal for Ambulances recognizes these services and the accomplishment in becoming pediatric ready.
Currently the EMSC Decal for Pediatric Ready Ambulances is being revamped. The documentation for this program will be posted soon!
The EMSC program is working on an initiatve to ensure that pediatric patients receive the best care in EMS. In order to help with this the EMSC program will be working with EMS services to establish a Pedicatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC). These individuals will be responsible for coordinating pediatric-specific activities, advocate for pediatric competencies and equipment.
For more information on PECCs please see the following brochure:
PECC Fast Fact Sheet
EMS services looking for assistance in pediatric triage training now have new materials available. The Pediatric Triage Kits come with 24 wooden bears, 80 pediatric scenarios, and pediatric disaster cards. These kits may be checked out for department training by contacting the EMSC Program Manager (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).
The Pediatric Procedures for Emergency Care is a resource to provide general first aid instruction for common childhood emergencies. They are great for daycare centers, schools, parent classes, babysitting courses, etc. This resource is available in Spanish and English. This resource is not intended for medical professionals.
The Pediatric Reference Card is a reference that includes pediatric vital signs, pain-rating scale, Rule of Nines, Glasgow Coma Scale and pediatric equipment sizes used by medical professionals in EMS and hospital settings.
The Nebraska Emergency Guidelines for Schools is a resource to help provide recommended procedures to a sick or injured student when the school nurse is not immediately available. This resource is intended for schools.
To request any of these resources please contact the staff listed below.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau administer the EMSC Program. EMSC funds and supports improvements in pediatric emergency care in every state and territory
For more information on the national EMSC program, visit the Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation & Improvement Center.