There is an increasing number of children with special health care needs in community settings. These children are often referred to as medically fragile or technology-assisted. Due to their chronic health conditions, they may require specialized equipment such as tracheostomy tubes, central venous lines, feeding tubes, etc. They may have conditions that make them susceptible to medical emergencies requiring access to the EMS system on a regular basis.
When a medically-fragile child is injured, the injuries may be complicated by the child’s underlying conditions. These children represent a unique challenge to the EMS provider. The EMS for Children (EMSC) program recommends that every EMS agency adopt protocols. State-recommended guidelines are available. EMS providers may desire additional instruction in the underlying conditions and treatment recommendations for these children. Following are some resources to help EMS providers learn more.
There are an increasing number of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) in community settings. These children are often referred to as medically fragile or technology-assisted. They may have special equipment or unique conditions making them susceptible to medical emergencies. Because of the special circumstances with which these children present and the greater likelihood of EMS utilization, these children represent a unique challenge to the EMS provider. An excellent educational opportunity is available for EMS providers interested in learning more about CSHCN: SCOPE (Special Children's Outreach and Prehospital Education). The goal of SCOPE is to teach emergency professionals how to safely and effectively care for CSHCN who are acutely ill or traumatically injured. If you are interested in SCOPE training or becoming a SCOPE instructor, contact your local pediatric training institution.
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