We advocate for pediatric EMS education, research and policy, and improve the quality of care that children receive wherever and whenever they are in the care of EMS.

NAEMSP focuses on several key objectives: providing high-quality educational materials for prehospital providers, conducting research to enhance pediatric care in EMS, advocating for pediatric health legislation, collaborating with other committees to advance EMS, and offering expertise to medical organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Emergency Physicians.

Committee Chair

Kathryn Kothari 
Houston, TX
(847) 436-8596 

Pediatric Educational Materials​

EMSC free educational modules for residents and fellows on EMS education, recognizing child abuse, and care of the tracheostomy patient

Free online EMS educational modules with pre- and post-tests created by members of the NAEMSP Pediatric Committee
Includes modules on history and epidemiology of EMSC, 911 and medical dispatch, EMS personnel, protocols equipment and transport, medical direction, system organization administration and regionalization, legal considerations, and disaster and mass gatherings

A free pediatric disaster triage educational video game and resource to learn primary triage and scene management

EMSC free educational resources on pediatric care for healthcare professionals: pediatric readiness, trauma, ambulance equipment, research and more

Sepsis: Pediatric First Response, a free training module from The Sepsis Institute

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The following resources have been created to help EMS recognize and respond to signs of child abuse. For more information about pediatric EMS or get involved with the committee, please contact our chair, Kathryn Kothari.

The Abuse Recognition Module from University of Colorado’s School of Medicine is intended to assist healthcare providers in determining the difference between accidental and intentional injuries in children. The module is free with CE, and its developers have published a paper on their work in Prehospital Emergency Care.

This training being offered in the STRAC region of Texas is $25 and offers 2 hours of CMe. The course is designed to strengthen and reinforce knowledge and skills in areas of child maltreatment recognition and reporting.

This episode of the EM Pulse Podcast™ discusses identifying and addressing child abuse or non-accidental trauma. They speak with expert Dr. Mary Clyde Pierce about her paper, which validates the TEN-4 FACESp clinical decision rule for predicting abuse in young children, and share insights on how we can save a child’s life through vigilance and awareness of specific findings.

The Lurie Children’s Child Injury Plausibility Assessment Support Tool (LCAST) is an app based on a validated Bruising Clinical Decision Rule (BCDR) called the TEN-4-FACESp. Use of this tool has the potential to improve recognition of abuse in young children with bruising.

Pediatric Research

Helpful Links​

EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center: Accelerating Improvements in Quality Care for Children

Pediatric Decision Tree: A Tool for Prehospital Pediatric Destination Choice.  This is an evidence-based guideline to suggest the type of pediatric hospital that can meet a child’s definitive needs. Created by a Targeted Issues Project Grant from the HRSA EMC program.

Interested in Joining the Committee?

Please update your online membership profile to include this committee selection and contact our chair, Kathryn Kothari, to become actively involved.

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