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Emergency Medical Services for Children

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Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)

The EMS for Children has been active in the Florida EMS system for several years, with the help of a group of dedicated EMS and pediatric health care providers.

The EMSC Advisory Committee was established in Section 401.245(6), Florida Statutes, to advise the Department of Health on matters concerning preventative, pre-hospital, hospital, rehabilitative, and other post medical care for children. Members are appointed by the State Surgeon General and serve two–year terms. The committee meets quarterly in conjunction with the EMS Advisory Council and constitutent group meetings. Next meeting—January 2014, Daytona Beach, FL.

Committee Members List

Free Pediatric/Neonatal ContinuingEducation Programs

In 2009, The Florida EMS for Children Section began a pilot project focused on improving and enhancing  pediatric/neonatalskill sets in the EMS and prehospital communities. Since the beginning of the project, our program has sponsored over 50 continuing education programs throughout the state with over 1,500 participants. The section continues to facilitate pediatric education through the provision of continuing education courses and education–related resources and supplies.

EMS for Children Sponsored Pediatric/NeonatalEducation Programs:

  • "Friday Night Lights Out: Pediatric Concussion Syndrome"- designed to provide participants information on the prevalence of repetitive concussions, assessment tools for "return to play" criteria and concussion prevention in pediatric patients. Three–hour CE program as approved by your medical director.
  • “Pediatric Transport Safety”- developed by current Florida EMSC Advisory Committee member and the Florida EMSC Advisory Committee education work group, focuses on the proper transportation of pediatric patients in the ambulance. Two-hour CE program (one hour of lecture, one hour hands–on) as approved by your medical director. Train-the-trainer certification is also available.

Participating agencies will receive two restraint systems for pediatric transportation, while supplies last.

  • Pediatric/Neonatal Review—customized for your agency.
  • Other Programs:
    • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
    • S.T.A.B.L.E.
    • Pediatric International Trauma Life Support (PITLS)
    • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)

Funding for these programs and resources is provided by our federal partnership grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

To request a FREE pediatric/neonatal education program at your agency/organization, please contact Bonnie Newsome, EMSC Program Manager at 850-245-4440 ext. 2686 or email the EMSC mailbox.


            Student Injury Report Form

National Pediatric Readiness Project

The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that all U.S. emergency departments (EDs) have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. The first phase of this project was a national assessment of EDs' readiness to care for children.
To find out where Florida ranked in the nation-wide assessment, click assessment.


  • Strategic Planning OversightTeam (SPOT)
  • Pedestrian/Bicycle SafetyCoalition
  • Motorcycle Safety Coalition
  • Southeast Regional PediatricDisaster Response Network
  • Florida Children's DisasterPreparedness Coalition

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