Delaware Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
The EMSC Program: Taking Action, Saving Lives
The federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program supports projects in the states to expand and improve emergency medical services for children who need treatment for life threatening illnesses or injuries. The program has funded pediatric emergency care improvement initiatives in every state, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Orrin Hatch developed initial legislation to support the EMSC program in 1984. Congress enacted the legislation authorizing the use of federal funds to support EMSC initiatives.
The § 9703 (a), Title 16 of Delaware Code has been changed by establishing the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program within the Office of Emergency Medical Services, and places the Committee Chair on the Delaware Emergency Medical Services Oversight Council (DEMSOC).It also provides confidentiality and immunity to EMSC Advisory Committee.
Emergency Medical Care Needs of Children in Delaware
Delaware first received EMSC grant funding in 1997 and the program officially began with the hiring of a program coordinator in 1998. To date our state has received all levels of federal EMSC funding totaling about $1.5 M. Some examples of cutting-edge work underway with support from the EMSC program are projects to: provide specific education and equipment for all levels of pediatric emergency care providers; ensure that Delaware EMS protocols are developed to meet the needs of children; to develop emergency care and disaster education and training programs for child care agencies; and ensure that all state trauma/disaster plans address pediatric needs.
Delaware’s current EMSC Partnership funding is at the maximum allowable amount of about $130,000 per year. Funds are used to support the program staff and expenses necessary to oversee and implement the program’s goals and objectives.
EMSC, located in the Office of EMS, is working with the Delaware Fire Prevention Commission to address pediatric equipment needs on ambulances. EMSC provides pediatric emergency care experts to assist in development of emergency care protocols in Delaware.
Delaware EMSC has been actively involved in joint projects with over 20 different organizations and state agencies to promote pediatric emergency care and to enhance emergency preparedness.
For more information, please contact the program office.
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