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Great Lakes EMS-C Node of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)

Brothers standing by a treeGreat Lakes EMS-C Research Network
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Emergency Medicine Department
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205

Ambulance crews and emergency rooms in the Midwest are able to give kids better, more coordinated and more advanced emergency medical care, thanks to a coalition of Midwestern hospitals.

GLEMSCRN is one of only six nodes nationwide funded for research, training and education in pediatric emergency medicine. The network includes Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH), Children's Hospital of Michigan (Detroit, MI) and University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI).

Network members are dedicated to improving health care for ill and injured children through research and collaboration:

  • Performing meaningful and rigorous research to determine optimal strategies to promote health in the preventive, prehospital and hospital phases of care; and
  • Collaborating with EMS agencies and community groups to address emergency care needs; and collaborating with other research nodes to build rigorous and widely applicable research.

The GLEMSCRN project is led by Rachel Stanley, MD, MHSA, Division Chief of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. She says the network focuses on a broad range of children's emergency medical issues, including pre-hospital care, injuries, violence, acute infectious diseases, access to emergency care and medical training.

Doctor checking patient with observerSince receiving funding over 15 years ago, the network has developed an infrastructure to conduct multi-site research in the Great Lakes Region. The network focuses on research and education for physicians and emergency responders in the specific needs of children. "Compared with adults, medical emergencies in kids are rare, so much more cooperation is needed to gather data and prove the effectiveness of treatment," says Stanley.

The grant was given under the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children program, administered by the Health Services Research Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The Great Lakes EMSC Research Network is one of six research networks funded nationwide. The other five networks funded are the Hospitals of the Midwest Emergency Research Node (HOMERUN) centered at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Northeast, West & South (PEM-NEWS), centered at Columbia University in New York City; the Pediatric Research in Injures and Medical Emergencies (PRIME), centered at the University of California, Davis Medical Center ; the Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Delaware Network (PRIDENET), centered at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; and the Washington, Boston, Chicago Applied Research Node (WBCARN) centered at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

EMSC is a national initiative designed to reduce disability and death in children and young people from severe illness and injury. It focuses on prevention, and on ensuring that all ill or injured children receive state-of-the-art emergency medical care from emergency medical technicians and paramedics, emergency department personnel, and rehabilitation specialists.

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000