Emergency medical services for children: Pediatric emergency medicine research

Wee Jhong Chua*, Elizabeth R. Alpern, Elizabeth C. Powell

*Corresponding author for this work

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Caring for children who are acutely ill and injured involves coordinated efforts in multiple settings, including primary care, prehospital, the emergency department, and in the hospi-tal. Research is essential to identify new science to improve health outcomes and to deliver resource-efficient emergency care to pediatric populations. This article reviews the current state of research in emergency medical services for children (EMSC). Efforts over the past 20 years have strengthened the emergency medical services infrastructure, as pediatric readiness in emergency medical services continues to be a critical area of focus,because more than 80% of children are cared for outside of pediatric-specific health centers. Research on sepsis, trauma, and respiratory illnesses is part of the core agenda for the Pediatric Emergency Care Research Network and EMSC research. These domains represent a mix of high-frequency illnesses and low-frequency illnesses with potential for high morbidity or mortality, which, if studied, can help optimize care of pediatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e155-e159
JournalPediatric annals
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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