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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.
Emergency Medical Services for Children
We support the care that saves children’s lives – WE ARE EMSC.
Florida EMS for Children (EMSC) is a nationally funded grant program working to improve health care in the field for children. It is our goal to ensure that pediatric patients receive the best care possible in the prehospital setting. Often viewed as “little adults,” children actually have very different and specific medical needs.
Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
The EMSC 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(5), 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 Secretary and serve two–year terms. The committee meets quarterly in conjunction with the EMS Advisory Council and constituent group meetings.
The Department is currently accepting nominations for vacant positions on the Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Committee. Please use the attached letter for details.
EMSC Conference Calls
Conference calls are on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m., EST. For conference call information, please contact by phone at (850) 558-9500.
Florida Pediatric Preparedness and Readiness (PEDReady) Program for Hospitals and EMS
The Florida PEDReady Program for hospitals is a quality improvement initiative with the goal of improving the readiness of medical facilities to care for children statewide. For more information about the program please visit http://www.emlrc.org/flpedready/ or email PEDReady@jax.ufl.edu.
Free Pediatric/Neonatal Continuing Education Programsplease contact by phone at (850) 245-4440, extension 2686.
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.