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Oregon Emergency Medical Services for Children

About EMSC

Oregon Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) was established in 1986 and is a State Partnership Grantee of the Health Resources & Services Administration EMSC program. The Oregon Health Authority EMS and Trauma Systems program is the lead agency for EMSC in Oregon.

Across the nation the EMS for Children initiative is designed to strengthen the EMS systems through education, training and equipment, in an effort to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from severe illness or trauma. 

The Oregon EMSC Program collaborates with partners to reduce morbidity and mortality, support EMS research, promote disaster preparedness, and advance family-centered care and emergency care for children with special healthcare needs.​


  • Annual EMS surveys: agency and state-level reports
  • EMS Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator newsletter
  • EMS Resource Guide
  • Pediatric equipment for rural and frontier EMS services
  • ​​CEU available
  • National Pediatric Readiness Project assessments: hospital and state-level reports
  • Pediatric Readiness Program: resource sharing, education sessions, quality improvement (QI)
  • Weight in Kilograms QI initiative: April 2021 - March 2022

In 2005, the federal EMSC program implemented baseline performance measures to address gaps in pediatric emergency care as identified in the 2007 Institute of Medicine, Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains.

The Oregon EMSC program is part of the National Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. All state grantees are required to document activities and accomplishments by annually reporting on the nine Health Resources and Services Administration EMSC Program Performance Measures.​

Pediatric Readiness Resources
Emergency Department Toolkit for Families


FREE equipment available upon ​request

  • PEDIATAPES​: portable color-coded length-based tape to assess the weight of pediatric patients and support accurate medication dosing. 
  • Pediatric Assessment resource sheets: laminated resource that can be used during patient care. Will be mailed with Velcro strips so that you may attach to interior of emergency vehicles.

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