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EMS Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators

Joint Policy Statement and Technical Report Published January 2020

Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Medical Services Systems

Technical Report - Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Medical Services Systems


Historically, pediatric patients account for only 5 to 10 percent of all EMS incidents. However, treating injured or sick children can make even experienced EMS providers more anxious, especially if they have not seen many pediatric patients, or have not had recent hands‐on training. The KY EMS for Children Program, housed in the KY Board of EMS is working with the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Government to improve pediatric emergency care.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains” recommends that EMS agencies and emergency departments (EDs) appoint a pediatric emergency care coordinator to provide pediatric leadership for the organization. This individual need not be dedicated solely to this role and could be personnel already in place with a special interest in children who assumes this role as part of their existing duties.

The IOM report further states that pediatric coordinators are necessary to advocate for improved competencies and the availability of resources for pediatric patients. The presence of an individual who coordinates pediatric emergency care at EMS agencies ensures that the agency and its providers are better prepared to care for ill and injured children.

New performance measures for the national EMS for Children program focus on local delivery of care, including the creation or assignment of a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) at the EMS agency level to ensure quality pediatric care from every EMS agency. The goal of the measure is to increase the percentage of EMS agencies in the state that have a designated individual who coordinates pediatric emergency care.

Some of the roles that the individual who coordinates pediatric emergency care might oversee at an EMS agency

  • Serving as the initial point of contact between the KYEMSC Program and the agency.
  • Promoting pediatric continuing-education opportunities.
  • Advocating for the availability of pediatric medications, equipment, and supplies.
  • Encouraging pediatric simulation/hands-on pediatric skills assessment.
  • Collaborating with other ED and EMS PECCs.
  • Promoting agency participation in pediatric-prevention programs and community outreach.
  • Engaging in quality improvement activities.
  • Promoting family-centered care at the agency.

The EMS PEC Coordinator should have the following qualifications:

  • Is a paramedic or EMT who possesses special interest, knowledge, and skill in the emergency medical care of
    children as demonstrated by training, clinical experience, or focused pediatric continuing education.
  • Maintains competency in pediatric emergency care.
  • May be a staff person who is currently assigned other roles in the department such as a training officer or
    educator, field supervisor, or working on quality improvement and public education projects.
  • Instructor credentials in pediatric specific topics or courses is recommended.

Agency directors may use this form to designate the PECC:

PECC Designation Form

The two lists above are not mandatory or all-inclusive. These are suggestions and should not deter agencies or individuals from participating out of fear of not meeting some of the bullet points. The most important factors for a successful PEC Coordinator is the desire to improve pediatric care and a willingness to engage in information sharing. Start with the first steps and we will work toward improvement together!


Virtual PECC Lecture Series and Networking 

The KYEMSC Program is hosting a series of lectures/continuing education sessions, focused on the PEC Coordinator. These sessions will focus on clinical content, quality improvement, educational methodology and administrative processes. Presentations will be followed by Q&A and then a chance to discuss the topic with PECCs across the state.

EMS PECCs will receive notification and registration information by email. 

Upcoming presentations include the following:

  • July 16, 2pm
    • Meghan Marsac, PhD, University of Kentucky
    • Supporting Children and Families In the Midst of a Crisis: A Trauma-Informed Care Approach
  • July 28, 10am
    • Debbie Harrell, MSN, Shriner's Hospital for Children
    • Too Hot to Handle: Acute Burn Care Management
  • August 14, 11am
    • Scott Bourn, PhD, Securisyn Medical, ESO Solutions, and NAEMSP
    • Let's Get Serious About Patient Safety in EMS


2019 PECC State Team Members

kbems regions

Murray Calloway County Hospital Ambulance Service
Oldham County EMS
John Luker
Appalachian 1st Response Emergency Services Inc   
Cameron Tackett
Caldwell County EMS     
Owen County EMS
Nicki Sullivan
Lifeguard Emergency Medical Services
Denessa Mullins
Owensboro Daviess County EMS
Billy Bratcher
Georgetown Scott County EMS
Jonathan Oesterman
Somerset Pulaski County EMS
Ernie Acton
The Medical Center EMS     
Jim WIlliams
Estill County EMS
Shelia Wise
Adair County Ambulance ServJoseph
Chad Wheet
Bullitt County EMS
John Layman
Montgomery County Amb. Service                                   
Jeffrey Jackson
Buechel Fire Protection District   
Liz Nobles
Carter County Emergency Ambulance Service District
Greg Priddy



Kansas EMSC Pediatric Scenario Book

Autism Society Law Enforcement & First Responder Training - video from Williamson County EMS (Texas) 

Identifying Abuse - Univeristy of Colorado, individual online CE credit, receive a KY specific certificate when you include your KY credentials in creating your account. This does not fulfill KY PAHT requirements but it is good companion course to the required training/

Patient and Family Centered Care - created by the Intermountain Regional EMS for Children Coordinating Council


Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Medical Services Systems

Technical Report - Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Medical Services Systems

PECC Learning Collaborative Welcome Package

Coordination of Pediatric Emergency Care in EMS Systems

The Role of the Pediatrician in Rural Emergency Medical Services for Children

Physician Oversight of Pediatric Care in Emergency Medical Services


For additional information, contact Morgan Scaggs, 859-256-3583,