Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Resources
NYS EMSC Products
- Minimum Pediatric Care Standards for New York State Hospitals, Emergency Departments and Intensive Care Units (PDF)
- Pediatric Regional Critical Care Hospitals: White Paper on Evidence and Improvement Opportunities in New York (Feb 2008) - (PDF)
- The New York State Trauma System: A Special Report on Pediatric Trauma 1994-1998 - (PDF)
- Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies Involving Your Child brochure - (PDF)
- Children with Special Health Care Needs - Prehospital Care Reference Card - (PDF)
- New York State Pediatric Assessment Reference Card (updated 7/2011) - (PDF, 64KB)
Some NYS EMSC products are available from the Department's Distribution Center. To order, call (518) 465-8170. Provide the product name and publication number. There is no fee for the products.
If you have any problem obtaining any of the PDF files, please contact the EMSC program at (518) 402-0996 Ext. 1,4.
The EMSC Program provides prehospital care services with EMSC-related resources for education and events such as open houses, when requested, as available. However, this activity is limited. Therefore, services are encouraged to contact the National EMSC Resource Center, at http://www.ems-c.org, to review and order a variety of EMSC products through the National EMSC Clearinghouse. Many of these products or resources are free of charge or are downloadable. When visiting the National EMSC web site, click on Products and Resources, then EMSC Product Catalog. Available resources are arranged by subject area.
New York State Pediatric Assessment Reference Card
Bureau of EMS Policy Statement 15-03 Recommended Pediatric Equipment for Certified EMS Response Vehicles
Equipment List for Emergency Ground Ambulances
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has co-authored a joint policy statement, " Equipment for Ground Ambulances " along with 6 other National Associations (American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) and National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO))
- Equipment for Ground Ambulances (Updated 2014)
This list of pediatric equipment for Ground Ambulances has been approved and endorsed by New York's State EMS Council (SEMSCO), State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (SEMAC) and the EMS for Children Advisory Committee (EMSCAC) for all certified EMS agencies in New York.
NHTSA Materials For Safe Transport of Children in Ground Ambulances
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.
EMSC National Resource Center
The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) was established in 1991 to help improve the pediatric emergency care infrastructure throughout the United States and its territories. The NRC is housed within Children's National Medical Center, a leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.
EMSC National Resource Center Publications and Resources
The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) maintains a comprehensive, searchable database of publications and resources created by EMSC grantees using federal EMSC dollars. These products are available, free of charge.
American College of Emergency Physicians "Emergency Manual"
- The Emergency Manual is a comprehensive guide for families to preventing and responding to medical emergencies.
AAP/ACEP/ENA Guidelines on Care of Children in the Emergency Department
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the AAP/American College of Emergency Physicians/Emergency Nurses Association joint policy statement "Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department". Endorsed by 22 other national organizations this statement offers recommendations for essential equipment, medications, personnel training, and key policies necessary for optimal pediatric emergency care. It also offers recommendations that should promote improved hospital readiness for children in disasters. Most children with emergency medical conditions or traumatic injuries are seen in community hospitals; therefore, all hospital emergency departments must be ready to care for children of all ages and in any situation.
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:
Child Abuse and Maltreatment
EMTs were added to the list of mandated reporters of suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment in February 1, 2002. While EMTs are not specifically required to obtain training in child abuse and maltreatment, the Bureau of EMS EMSC Program has been able to develop and identify training options to assist EMS providers in carrying out their mandated reporter responsibilities.
- Bureau of EMS Guidance letter regarding the Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect by EMTs (PDF, 91KB)
- Bureau of EMS Policy Statement 02-01 Requirement to report instances of suspected child abuse or maltreatment
- Bureau of EMS Policy Statement 02-01 Requirement to report instances of suspected child abuse or maltreatment (PDF, 265KB)
- NYS Suspected Child Abuse Report Form, LDSS Form 2221A (PDF, 104KB)
- Local Department of Social Services Offices
- FAQs for Mandated Reporters
Child Abuse Training
Mandated Reporter Training From the NYS Office of Children and Family Services
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services Mandated Reporter Training is available online. This training is fully narrated and interactive, the two-hour Self-Directed Online Mandated Reporter Training saves your progress as you complete each 10-15 minute section and allows you up to 30 days to complete upon registering. This training meets the New York State Education Department's mandatory requirements for training in child abuse identification and reporting.
- Click here for no-cost online Mandated Reporter Training in child abuse and neglect/maltreatment identification.