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Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Jun;65(6):673-8. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.09.018. Epub 2014 Oct 23.

A tale of two populations: addressing pediatric needs in the continuum of emergency care.

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1
Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD.
2
Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD. Electronic address: eedgerton@hrsa.gov.

Abstract

Nearly 27% of all annual emergency department (ED) visits are pediatric related, a relatively small percentage in comparison to the number of visits from the adult population. The majority of the 31 million children and adolescents access care in nonpediatric facilities and have different clinical presentations and needs than adults. Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services, the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program is a federal entity that aims to ensure that pediatric care is well integrated into the entire emergency medical services system so that no matter where a child lives or travels, he or she can receive appropriate and timely care. The objective of this article is to describe the role of the EMSC program in the development of the pediatric emergency care system. The program is striving to improve pediatric emergency care in a number of ways: EMSC State Partnership grant performance measures address the ability of the out-of-hospital and hospital settings to care for children; the National Pediatric Readiness project works with EDs to ensure that essential resources are present to care for children; regionalization grants focus on the challenges of geographic isolation, access to specialty care, and limited resources; and the targeted issue grants focus on the care of the child in the out-of-hospital setting in which there is a paucity of evidence-based knowledge.

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