EMS Systems Division – EMS for Children

About EMS for Children (EMSC)

EMSC is a specialty care program and a subdivision of the EMS Systems Division at the EMS Authority.  The goal of the EMSC program is to ensure that acutely ill and injured children have access to high quality, coordinated, and comprehensive emergency and critical care services appropriate for the special needs of children.  The EMSC model provides a continuum of care beginning with the detection of sick or injured children and transport to the appropriate emergency department through rehabilitation.  The EMSC program manager at the EMS Authority provides technical assistance to the local EMS agencies in the integration of EMSC into their local EMS system.  The technical assistance by EMS Authority includes an emphasis on quality of care, continuity of care, family-centered care, cultural diversity, care for children with special needs, and rehabilitation.


EMS for Children Educational Forum

Performance Measures

EMSC Performance Measures [doc]


  • Development & Implementation of EMSC: A Step by Step Approach [PDF]
  • Pediatric Trauma Regulations [PDF]

EMSC Guidelines

  • EMSA #181: Guidelines For Pediatric Interfacility Transport Programs [PDF]
  • EMSA #182: Administration, Personal and Policy Guidelines for the Care of Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department [PDF]
  • EMSA #183: Interfacility Pediatric Trauma and Critical Care Consultation and/or Transfer Guidelines [PDF]
  • EMSA #184: Guidelines For Pediatric Critical Care Centers [PDF]
  • EMSA #185: Pediatric Prehospital Treatment Protocol Development [PDF]
  • EMSA #187: Pediatric Education Guidelines For Paramedics [PDF]
  • EMSA #188: Prehospital Pediatric Equipment For BLS/ALS Support Units [PDF]
  • EMSA #194: Intensive Care Services for the Pediatric Trauma Patient [PDF]
  • EMSA #196: Emergency First Aid Guidelines for California Schools [PDF – Print Version] [PDF – Interactive Version]
  • EMSA #197: EMSC Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for LEMSAs [PDF]
  • EMSA #198: EMSC Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for Hospitals [PDF]



For Questions Contact

Heidi Wilkening
EMSC Program Coordinator
(916) 322-4336 Extension 556