The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program at MIEMSS addresses the unique needs of children within the EMS system, providing a focal point for statewide resources and networking on emergency care for children and their families.
The EMSC Program is responsible for the development of statewide guidelines and resources for pediatric care, review of pediatric emergency care and facility regulations, coordination of pediatric education programs, collaboration with other agencies and organizations focused on childhood health, and illness and injury prevention.
The EMSC Program coordinates the state Pediatric Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (PEMAC), the state Pediatric Quality Improvement Committee, and the five Regional Pediatric EMS Advisory Committees.
The EMSC Program in Maryland is integrated into all levels of EMS Services at the local, regional, and state levels and includes: Pediatric Education; Prevention Initiatives; Specialty Care Facility Designation; Pediatric Base Stations and Medical Consultation; and Quality Management.
With the belief that the EMSC Program is an integrated part of the overall statewide EMS System, both pediatric equipment standards and pediatric protocols are included in the state Volunteer Ambulance Inspection Program, the Statewide Maryland Medical Protocols for EMT-B and ALS clinicians, and the Interhospital Transfer Guidelines.
Federal EMSC grants are coordinated through the Maryland EMSC program office involving statewide projects, specialized targeted issues projects, and research initiatives at academic universities.