Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)

The mission of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program is to decrease pediatric morbidity and mortality. The EMSC program works to bring together a variety of organizations and stakeholders, including EMS agencies, emergency departments, healthcare providers, policymakers, communities, and families, to collaborate around the following:

  • Data collection
  • Policy development
  • Program implementation and guidance
  • Statutory considerations
  • Provider education
  • Medical protocol updates and more

Every conversation, idea, and project that Louisiana’s EMSC program leads seeks to reduce pediatric morbidity and mortality rates caused by acute illnesses and injuries.

Louisiana’s EMSC program serves all pediatric patients who utilize the emergency healthcare system. EMSC performs gap analyses and informs strategic process improvements in EMS agencies and emergency departments to improve pediatric emergency healthcare in Louisiana. The core functional goals of the program are:

  1. Increase data-driven decision making among EMS agencies, hospitals, and key stakeholders to increase pediatric readiness scores and reduce statewide child morbidity and mortality rates.
  2. Improve EMS agency and emergency department practitioner pediatric skills and agency/facility capacity to support successful pediatric emergency outcomes.
  3. Promote pediatric readiness by reducing systemic barriers and increasing incentive structures for pre-hospital and hospital providers.
  4. Ensure permanence of the EMSC program to ensure that pediatric emergency care is integrated into the larger emergency medical services system.

Helpful Links from EMSC

Louisiana Bureau of EMS (BEMS) ›
Our homepage with the Louisiana Department of Health with information on licensing, trainings, and regulation of Louisiana's EMS system.

Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) ›
A vital healthcare resource for trauma and time-sensitive patient care coordination, large scale emergencies, and natural disasters.

Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) ›
A professional organization providing resources through advocacy, education, research, representation and communication.

Louisiana Ambulance Alliance (LAA) ›
An EMS focused resource for educational events, legislative testimony, publications, and model programs.

For more information, contact the EMSC program at emsc@la.gov.