Emergency Medical Services for Children Program


To reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity sustained due to severe illness or trauma.

The Emergency Medical Services for Children Program aims to ensure that state of the art emergency medical care for the ill and injured child or adolescent; pediatric service is well integrated into an emergency medical service system backed by optimal resources; and that entire spectrum of emergency services, including primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation, is provided to children and adolescents as well as adults, no matter where they live, attend school or travel.

The Emergency Medical Services for Children program has in past and present, funded and supported pediatric emergency care improvement initiatives/projects in every State and U.S. Territory to expand and improve emergency care for children who need treatment for life threatening illnesses or injuries.


  • Grant funding continues to support the Pediatric Education Series, offering continuing education to pre-hospital and hospital based emergency providers and school nurses.
  • The Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Committee completed guidelines for the inter-hospital transfer of severely ill or injured pediatric patients, and created a system to; 1.) formally recognize the ability of hospital emergency departments to stabilize and manage pediatric emergency patients, and 2.) recognize the ability of hospitals to care for critically ill and injured pediatric patients once they have been admitted through the emergency department.
  • The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that all U.S. emergency departments have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. Rhode Island was part of cohort 2 and had a 100% response rate to the surveys.