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Statewide EMS agencies reassessment

By Stephanie Busch
 
Oregon Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program, in collaboration with the National EMS for Children Data Analysis Resource Center, is conducting a reassessment of prehospital agencies regarding the capabilities of EMS agencies to treat ill or injured children (0–18 years). This assessment is based on the pediatric portion of the 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics’ nationally recommended list of equipment for ambulances, as well as the availability of on- and off-line medical direction when treating a child. 
 
The Oregon EMS for Children Program is reaching out to EMS agencies inviting them to complete this important reassessment. The information collected will aid in qualifying the progress towards meeting the EMS for children national performance measures by comparing new data to old. The data will better help us identify areas for improving emergency care for ill or injured children across Oregon. Each state is required to participate in this reassessment and has a three-month window to collect the data. Oregon is a part of the first cohort, which started July 1. The program appreciates the agencies participation in filling out the reassessment as we all work to improve pediatric emergency care.
 

Emergency departments across Oregon and the nation are working to improve their pediatric emergency care

By Stephanie Busch
 
In 2012 Oregon emergency departments (EDs) participated in a self-assessment evaluating the necessary guidelines and resources to provide effective emergency care for children. This assessment is a part of the National Pediatric Readiness Project; the project is a multiphase quality improvement initiative to ensure that all emergency departments (EDs) in the United States are ready to care for children.
 
Participating emergency departments received a “readiness score” based on their responses to the following areas of the assessment: administration and coordination; physicians, nurses and other ED staff; QI/PI in the emergency department; pediatric patient safety; policies, procedures and protocols; equipment, supplies and medications.
 
Emergency departments then received feedback, summarizing the facility’s strengths and weaknesses within the focus areas of the assessment. Each state EMS for Children Program received a state report detailing a gap analysis for the state. Oregon’s overall pediatric readiness score for the 50 participating hospitals was 69, while the national readiness score was 70. Once the emergency department management share their hospitals’ scores, they can utilize the pediatric readiness resource toolkit to continue to improve the emergency care they provide. Created by the EMS for Children National Resource Center and the Pediatric Readiness Resource Development Working Group, the pediatric readiness resource toolkit is designed to help emergency departments, across the United States, understand the pediatric readiness assessment score and support the use of the assessment to successfully improve the care of children in emergency departments.
 
Thank you to all participating emergency departments working to improve their pediatric emergency care capabilities.
 
  

Continuing Education Training Grants and pediatric medical supplies available for approved Emergency Medical Services agencies

By Stephanie Busch
 
Oregon EMS for Children has funding available to assist in continuing education and training for EMS providers. Grants may be used for approved classroom lectures, skills training, simulations, exercise drills and/or conference sponsorship.
 
Working with EMS providers to improve Oregon's capacity to deliver pediatric emergency care. Oregon EMS for Children has purchased pediatric medical supplies for prehospital providers.
  
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