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Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services recognizes 24 EMS agencies for pediatric service


As part of EMS for Children Day May 20, which also falls during EMS Week May 17-23, the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) and its Kentucky EMS for Children (KYEMSC) Pediatric Recognition program has recognized 24 EMS agencies who demonstrate their continued commitment to excellence in pediatric emergency care.

“Children make up a small number of the patients we see in EMS. While that is clearly a good thing, it also means we have less direct experience in meeting their unique needs. EMS providers must make a deliberate effort to remain proficient in caring for children,” said KYEMSC Project Director Morgan Scaggs. “These agencies have demonstrated that they are committed to improving emergency pediatric care and they are raising the bar for everyone.”

Now in its third year, KYEMSC developed the Voluntary EMS Pediatric Recognition program to acknowledge EMS agencies that go beyond what is required by the state in pediatric care by completing the additional program requirements.

To be recognized, an agency must designate a pediatric emergency care coordinator to ensure integration of the unique needs of pediatric patients into all aspects of emergency care, comply with national recommendations for pediatric equipment carried on the ambulance and engage in pediatric-focused community outreach activities. There are also requirements for additional pediatric-related continuing education and annual demonstration of pediatric skill competency for all EMTs and paramedics.

2020 award recipients:

3rd Consecutive Year

• Hebron Fire Protection District
• Jessamine County EMS
• Madison County EMS
• The Medical Center EMS

2nd Consecutive Year

• Buechel Fire Protection District
• Burlington Fire Protection District
• City of Pikeville Fire and EMS
• Georgetown Scott County EMS
• Kings Daughters Medical Transport
• Murray Calloway County Hospital Ambulance Service
• Oldham County EMS
• Somerset Pulaski County EMS

1st Year

• AMR Owensboro-Daviess County
• Ballard County EMS
• Baptist Health Louisville EMS
• Bath County EMS
• Henry County EMS
• Hopkinsville Christian County EMS
• Louisville Metro EMS
• Marshall County EMS
• Mayfield Graves Fire Department
• Montgomery County EMS
• Matthews Fire Department
• Woodford County EMS

From Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services


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