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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1991 Aug;9(3):459-74.

Advances in pediatric emergency medical service systems.

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  • 1New York University School of Medicine.


Only recently has attention turned to the needs of children in the EMS system, and it has been shown that there is work to be done if these needs are to be met. The founders of EMS systems were trained in adult specialties and worked without input from the pediatric community. It is not surprising that the special needs of children within an adult-oriented EMS system were underemphasized. Children make up less than 10% of prehospital runs and less than 5% of the critically ill patients. Numerous EMS systems nationwide are undertaking this work and federal support is evident through the Maternal and Child Health EMSC program. Vital issues include the need for experts in emergency medical services to work together with experts in pediatric emergency care and for sound program evaluations to be performed to demonstrate the efficacy of these new programs.

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