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

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.