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EMS for Children (EMSC) Program

The Illinois EMS for Children (EMSC) program was formally established in 1994 by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), within the Division of EMS and Highway Safety, and is aimed at improving pediatric emergency care and disaster preparedness in the state. Illinois EMSC works to ensure compliance with Federal Performance Measures defined by the Federal EMSC Program, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These measures focus on improving pediatric prehospital and emergency department capabilities as well as interfacility transfer processes.

IDPH provides grant funding to OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois/St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria to lend clinical and academic expertise/resources. Program guidance is provided by the Illinois EMSC Advisory Board, which is comprised of representatives from professional health care, child advocate, and community organizations. Several standing committees are also in place with clinical and subject matter experts who provide recommendations on regulatory proposals and resource development.

Key program initiatives are aimed at enhancing the PedsReadiness of prehospital agencies, emergency departments, and pediatric critical care centers. Currently, more than 100 hospitals in Illinois have received recognition by IDPH through the Pediatric Facility Recognition program for having the essential resources and capabilities in place to meet the emergency and critical care needs of seriously ill and injured children.

Pediatric resources are available at the National EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center. In addition, several health care practitioner pediatric educational modules, as well as pediatric guidelines and resources have been developed in Illinois, and are aimed at assisting health care organizations in improving their pediatric readiness.


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