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Compassionate Options for Pediatric EMS


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Most EMS providers who find themselves the first to communicate with parents whose child dies due to severe trauma or illness that occurs out of hospital agree this responsibility can be overwhelming and a stressful part of their job.  This initial conversation with grieving parents is a situation that EMS providers are often inadequately prepared to carry out.  The task to console parents and loved ones is only part of the struggle; EMS providers must also find steps to help themselves "cope" after the event.  This site was developed to assist EMS providers with an approach to comfort families and to better understand how to provide “next steps" including self-care for themselves.

This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Targeted Issues grant program, Grant No. H34MC26204 for $849,246. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Development of COPE:

Promotion HRSA Targeted Issues Grant - Helping EMS Responders Cope with Pediatric Fatalities

Promotion COPE Resources Posted to KBEMS/KYEMSC Website

Promotion COPE Publications


Links to Program Content:

Promotion EMS Training Videos

Promotion First Responder Resource List

Promotion Books for COPE

Promotion Example: Local Resources List - Louisville

Promotion Resources for Families

Promotion Reference Library