Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Recent News and Announcements

Minimum Standards and Guidance for NYS Hospitals Regarding Pediatric Patients

In 2015, the Minimum Pediatric Care Standards for New York State Hospitals, Emergency Departments and Intensive Care Units Guidance Document and its appendix, Pediatric Consultation and Interfacility Transfer Guidelines, were developed to assist hospitals with meeting the recently enacted minimum standards for pediatric care under Title 10, Section 405 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. The Guidance Document recapitulates the new pediatric regulations, and provides detailed recommendations from the State EMSC Advisory Committee regarding their implementation. The Appendix contains a wealth of information regarding the need for, process of and conditions that should precipitate consultation with pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists prior to potential transfer, as well as the appropriate procedures for such transfer.

Recommended Pediatric Equipment for New York Certified EMS Response Vehicles

In 2015 New York Bureau of EMS and Trauma System updated its Policy Statement (15-03)

Updated American Academy of Pediatrics Equipment List for Ground Ambulances

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its co-authored a joint policy statement, "Equipment for Ground Ambulances". This policy statement was a joint effort with 6 other National Associations, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) and National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO).

AAP Releases Policy Statement: Consent for Emergency Medical Services for Children and Adolescents.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the policy statement Consent for Emergency Medical Services for Children and Adolescents. The purpose of the statement is to provide guidance in those situations in which parental consent is not readily available, in which parental consent is not necessary, or in which parental refusal of consent places a child at risk of significant harm.

Guidelines for Care of Children in the ED Checklist

The Guidelines for the Care of Children in the Emergency Department "checklist" was created by the EMSC National Resource Center to accompany the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Americn College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) 2009 joint policy statement "Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department," allowing hospitals to assess whether their emergency departments are prepared to care for children. The checklist was developed in collaboraton with AAP, ACEP and ENA. The original AAP, ACEP, and ENA joint policy statement can be found online at:

NHTSA Releases Materials from Safe Transportation of Children in Ground Ambulances Meeting

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released draft recommendations for the safe transportation of children in ground ambulances. The recommendations were developed during the Safe Transportation of Children in Ground Ambulances Meeting held on August 5, 2010.