ODPS | EMS Emergency Medical Services for Children

EMSC Mission

EMSC is a national program to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness and injury.

Ohio EMSC, housed within the Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the Ohio Department of Public Safety, incorporates pediatric issues into all aspects of the EMS system.


Joe Stack, EMSC Coordinator

Mail: Ohio Department of Public Safety
Division of EMS - EMSC Program
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223

Phone 800-233-0785
Fax 614-995-7012

National Resources


Ohio EMS Medical Directors Conference
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 10am-3pm
Ohio Department of Public Safety, 1970 W. Broad St., Columbus, Room 1106

The Ohio EMS for Children Program is holding a one-day conference for Ohio EMS medical directors focusing on writing pediatric protocols.  Tools for the conference will include the NASEMSO National Model Clinical Guidelines and the Ohio EMS Pediatric Guidelines and Procedures Manual, and will focus on topics such as seizures, pain management, respiratory distress, and patient immobilization. This conference is FREE!

Direct any questions to Joe Stack, EMS for Children Coordinator, 614-387-1949, or EMSC@dps.ohio.gov.

Concepts in Process Improvement Workshops
Conducted by the Ohio Department of Public Safety's EMS Division and OhioHealth EMS, this half-day workshop is designed to help demonstrate (1) what process improvement is; (2) how to start a process improvement activity; and (3) the legal requirements for performing process improvement activities by EMS in Ohio.

The workshop teaches this information by stressing the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) model, and providing a hands-on exercise to demonstrate process improvement and help understand its application in EMS.

Interfacility Transfer Toolkit for Pediatric Patients


A number of guidelines related to pediatric emergency care have been developed by Ohio EMSC and other states. We have selected several resources that address current Ohio EMSC objectives. The following documents and other resources are available through the EMSC National Resource Center.

Performance Measures

The purpose of the EMSC program performance measures is to document activities and accomplishments of the program in improving the delivery of emergency services to children. Additionally,the measures will provide guidance for improvement.

Specifically, the set of measures will:

  • Provide an ongoing, systematic process for tracking progress toward meeting the goals of the EMSC program;
  • Allow for continuous monitoring of the effectiveness of key EMSC program activities;
  • Identify potential areas of performance improvement among the EMSC State Partnership grantees;
  • Determine the extent to which the grantees are meeting established targets and standards; and
  • Allow the EMSC program to demonstrate its effectiveness and "tell its story" to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress, and other stakeholders.

More Info

Emergency Departments: Pediatric Prepared