2007 Major Highlights
In 2008, we're looking forward to providing resources and educational opportunities to prehospital and hospital providers statewide through a second symposium, as well as additional educational programs. Also, EMSC will be conducting surveys to collect data on pediatric medical care throughout Florida. And let us not forget, our new role in assuring the objectives in the 2008-2010 EMS Strategic Plan assigned to EMSC are being achieved.
2006 Major Highlights
"Care of Children in the Emergency Department: Guidelines for Preparedness Implementation Kit""The Care of Children in the Emergency Department: Guidelines for Preparedness Implementation Kit" is now available as a downloadable file from the American College of Emergency Physicians' (ACEP) website. The implementation kit will help administrators and other hospital personnel implement essential equipment and staffing recommendations so their emergency department will be ready to provide the best pediatric care possible. To access the kit online, go to: http://host.acep.org.tmp3.secure-xp.net/aapacep/
2003-2005: The bureau will review existing methods/instruments for disseminating information and determine ways to improve and expand the existing system. Special focus will be on reaching rural EMS providers and families of children with special health care needs. The bureau will continue efforts to ensure that EMSC is included in statewide planning processes, particularly those that involve disaster preparedness. The bureau will identify and distribute pediatric education and/or training resources for school resource officers and first responders in counties without hospitals. This will include working with focus groups to determine their specific needs.
2002-2003: The bureau focused on the Emergency Department Preparedness for Pediatrics Project and the overall goal of incorporating EMSC and pediatric issues into the existing EMS system. This included disaster preparedness, data, and other state EMS plans and initiatives. In addition, the program continued its efforts to improve statewide communication and education by regularly updating the web site, publishing a newsletter, strengthening liaisons with other state agencies, organizations, and consumer groups, and continued partnership with SAFE KIDS, Risk Watch, PEPP (AAP), and other educational and prevention programs. The bureau also began implementation of the EMSC strategic plan.
2001-2002: The bureau focused on the development of a strategic plan to address the issues identified in the needs assessment. An ad hoc committee of the EMSC Advisory Committee was assembled to develop goals, objectives, and action plans through consensus. A preliminary draft of the completed plan was disseminated for public comment and appropriate revisions were made based upon those comments. The final plan was then submitted for department review, approval, and subsequent publication.
2000-2001: The bureau focused on a statewide needs assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses of the existing EMS (prevention to rehabilitation) care for children. The EMSC needs assessment tool developed by the National Resource Center, as well as surveys and interview tools developed by other grantees who have conducted needs assessments, were reviewed. During the data collection process, vital statistics records and data from other agencies in the state were reviewed and a determination was made as to what independent data collection is necessary. Upon completion of the needs assessment, a report will be developed outlining the issues to be addressed in the future.
The Florida EMSC program has published the 2001 EMSC Needs Assessment [.pdf 1947k]. The purpose is to obtain a better understanding of pediatric services in Florida across the EMSC continuum including prevention, pre-hospital, acute care, and rehabilitation. The Needs Assessment provides a catalyst for growth and new direction of the program.
Florida EMSC worked with Florida State University's College of Medicine and the Florida Department of Health to develop a broadcast entitled "Pediatric Preparedness and Response to Bioterrorism: Addressing the Needs of Special Populations." The broadcast was held on March 30, 2004 and was available to all county public health departments and other healthcare providers across the state.
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