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Prehosp Emerg Care. 2001 Jul-Sep;5(3):231-6.

A pediatric survey for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: emergency medical services system re-assessments.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Services, San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, 94110, USA.


Emergency medical services for children, or EMSC, is still a relatively underdeveloped component of most state and local EMS systems. Advocacy and funding for EMSC from the federal EMSC Program, availability of many useful EMSC products, and the rapidly enlarging literature in EMSC have created heightened awareness and interest in improving systems for pediatric emergency, trauma, and critical care. The new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) EMS Technical Assistance (TA) re-assessment program, the second version of the successful original TA Program from 1988 to 1996, provides an ideal opportunity for state EMS professionals to evaluate EMSC capabilities and to integrate new EMSC products and services. The history of the TA Program reflects the evolution of EMS itself and indicates a historical inattention to children's issues, but re-assessment TA teams now have much useful intervening EMSC history to draw upon and a clear philosophical mandate to integrate children more fully in EMS system planning and management. In order to facilitate state-of-theart reviews of EMSC within state EMS systems, a pediatric survey for the NHTSA re-assessments is presented. The survey, developed with the input of EMS administrators and physicians and approved by the National Association of State EMS Directors, follows the original ten-component model for EMS system review. It is intended for optional use within the overall EMS review process.

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