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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program

We are approved by the State Of Ohio, Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS as a Continuing Education Provider for certified EMS personnel.

Nationwide Children's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program provides expertise and leadership for EMS providers in 33 of the 88 counties in Ohio, making our pre-hospital catchment area the largest in the state. We are proud of the approximately 10,000 EMS providers, ranging from first responders to paramedics, that provide service to the ill and injured children in our region. As we strive to create optimal health for every child in our community, we believe it is imperative that EMS have access to expert pediatric education, performance improvement opportunities, and liaisons to help forge a collaborative relationship aimed at improving outcomes for our children.

Our EMS Program educates approximately 1,500 EMS providers per year throughout central Ohio with a committed staff of one full time EMS Coordinator and two part time EMS Educators that serve as the liaisons to the pre-hospital health care system and providers in our region.

The vision of the EMS Program is to be a leader in pediatric EMS collaboration and care within our region and beyond.

Our mission is to provide EMS education and training, initiate performance improvement initiatives and define the standards of pediatric pre-hospital care.


EMS Program

700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
614-722-4350 (office)
614-722-6518 (fax)
emsoutreach@nationwidechildrens.org

Resources

Children with Special Health Care Needs EMS Notification Program

According to McPherson et al. (1998), Children with special health care needs are those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.

Although children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) are often considered a small group of the pediatric population, these children account for a large portion of emergency department visits and EMS transports. Ideally, pediatric tertiary care centers, such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, are the home hospitals for these children and are prepared to care for their complex medical needs. In an emergency, many of these children are cared for by local emergency departments and EMS agencies that are not familiar with their special needs. In an effort to provide the best possible care for children and families with special needs, we have developed an outreach program specifically for EMS providers. Here is how it works:

The Emergency Information Form (EIF) is completed by the child’s health care provider, signed by the parents and submitted to the EMS Coordinator. The EMS Coordinator reviews and summarizes the EIF, identifies the child’s home EMS agency and sends the EIF and summary to the child’s EMS agency and regional air medical service, if appropriate. The EMS Coordinator facilitates a meeting between the child’s family and EMS agency to develop a mutually agreed upon emergency transport plan. When requested, the EMS Program will provide child specific emergency management education. Click here for more information on this valuable program or to inquire about enrolling a child with special needs.

Outreach Education

1. Special Children’s Outreach and Pre-Hospital Education (SCOPE)

SCOPE is a one day continuing education program with the goal of improving the prehospital care responder’s knowledge and comfort level with chronically ill and technology dependent children and the EMS issues that affect them. SCOPE offers didactic and hands on skills stations using live action videos and group discussion.

Cost: $125 per person for up to 20 people
Group rate: $1800 for up to 20 people or $100 per person for more than 20 people
Class minimum: 12 people
Class maximum: 30 people

2. Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC)

Developed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EPC is a two-day course that provides an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of the most common pediatric emergency issues, and stresses critical thinking skills to help practitioners make the best decisions for their patients.

Cost: $175 per person for up to 20 people
Group rate: $2500 for up to 20 people or $150 per person for more than 20 people
Class minimum: 12 people
Class maximum: 30 people

3. Critical Concepts in Airway Management

To better serve our EMS community, our popular pediatric airway management course has undergone some changes. We are now partnering with The Ohio State University Center for EMS and Medflight to provide a comprehensive airway management course for critically ill and injured children and adults.

For information about hosting a course, please contact the EMS office at emsoutreach@nationwidechildrens.org or call 614-722-4350.

4. EMS Lectures

  • Triage and Assessment of the Critically Ill or Injured Child
    • includes growth & development and state trauma triage guidelines
  • Newborn Resuscitation
  • Medical Emergencies
    • includes seizures, sepsis, shock, DKA, apparent life threatening events, and EMS communication
  • Cardiac Emergencies
    • includes chest pain, arrhythmias, defects
  • Trauma Management
    • includes epidemiology, how kids are different
  • Burn Management
  • Transporting Children with Special Healthcare Needs
  • Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Cost: $100 / hour for a 2 hour minimum

5. Sports Medicine

The “On Field Management of the Down Spine Injured Athlete” curriculum developed by Sports Medicine emphasizes coordination protocols for team physicians, athletic trainers, and EMS personnel in order to ensure safe, rapid care to injured athletes. To learn more, contact the Sports Medicine Program at 614-355-6039.

Patient Care Report

All EMS patient care reports for Emergency Department (ED) admissions must be faxed to 614-355-3182 or printed and given to the Emergency Communication Center (ECC) specialist. Please update your computer software to include this fax number. EMS agencies using electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) systems may set up their system to perform auto-faxing to this fax number. If your system is not capable of auto-faxing, you may manually fax or print your report and give it to the ECC.

It is the expectation that a patient care report be completed by EMS and left at the receiving facility at the time of transfer of patient care from EMS to hospital personnel. The Ohio Division of EMS (2009) issued the following statement regarding EMTs and Emergency Medical Record:

“It is the strong opinion of the EMS Board that a run report should be left at the receiving facility as soon as possible after the patient’s care has been completed and successfully transferred to the receiving staff. As stated above, the run report is necessary for the receiving hospital and treating physician to provide appropriate medical care to the patient. If the EMT is unable to leave a complete run report, then they should leave an abbreviated version at the bedside, in a format determined by the local medical director, with all of the information they have available at that time.

This should include, but is not limited to:

  • Patient’s full name
  • Age
  • Chief complaint
  • History of present illness/Mechanism of injury
  • Past medical history
  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Vital signs with documented times (include initial vital signs and vital signs just prior to transfer with additional vital signs only if the patient became unstable enroute)
  • Prehospital assessment and interventions along with the timing of any medication or intervention and the patient’s response to such interventions (i.e. adenosine given with no change in cardiac rhythm)

Note: The abbreviated version of the run report does not take the place of a complete run report.”

EMS Communication / Patient Follow-up Form

To improve the availability and quality of Ohio’s EMS services, the Division of EMS requires all EMS organizations to implement ongoing peer review and performance improvement (PI) programs. The EMS Coordinator performs all patient follow up for pre-hospital PI in a confidential manner in accordance with the Central Ohio Trauma Systems Pre-hospital Regional Protocol. Requests for patient follow up can be made by the EMS provider caring for the patient, EMS PI Coordinator, or EMS Medical Director by using the EMS Coordinator’s Communication Form to submit electronically.

The completed form will be returned to the EMS PI Coordinator via email by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Secure Email Delivery System.

EMS Equipment Return

We strive to return clean EMS equipment in a timely manner to all agencies outside of the Franklin County I-270 loop through our contracted shipping service. We rely on Franklin County agencies inside the I-270 loop to retrieve their own equipment by waiting for it to be removed from the patient or by returning at a later time for pick up.

All equipment must be clearly labeled with the agency’s full name to ensure prompt return delivery. Please use permanent ink and refrain from using agency initials. There are many departments that share the same name so a full address or the name of the city will aid in prompt return delivery.

We make every effort to return all EMS equipment to its rightful owner based on equipment labeling. All Franklin County equipment and unlabeled equipment will be stored in the cabinet outside of trauma room 1/2 or in a loose equipment box in the squad room.

To inquire about the status of your equipment, please contact our Medical Equipment Supplies Technician at 614-722-5969.

Medical and Trauma Grand Rounds

Because we realize how difficult it is for EMS to obtain quality, up to date pediatric education, we would like to invite you to attend our Medical and Trauma Grand Rounds in person or online via Continuing Medical Education (CME) On Demand.

Medical Grand Rounds occur every Thursday from 8:00am – 9:00am and can be viewed On Demand for CME credit by clicking On Demand for viewing instructions.

Trauma Grand Rounds occur the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 8:30am – 9:30am. CME credit is only available when attending in person at one of our three convenient community locations. To view Trauma Grand Rounds ON Demand for content only (no CME credit), please follow the On Demand instructions.

For questions regarding Grand Rounds, please contact the CME Assistant at 614-355-0673.

Continuing Education Accreditation Statement

Nationwide Children’s Hospital EMS Program is an approved provider of EMS Continuing Education by the Ohio department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services. Certification # 1249

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700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000