Alabama’s EMSC grant accomplishments include the implementation of a number of performance measures.
Performance Measure #72 - The percent of pre-hospital provider agencies in the State/Territory that have off-line pediatric medical direction. Off-line pediatric medical direction is treatment guidelines and protocols used by EMS providers to ensure the provision of appropriate pediatric patient care, available in written or electronic form in the patient care unit or with a provider, at the scene of an emergency. The Alabama EMSC program has disseminated Pediatric Specific Patient Care Protocol Flipbooks, spiral bound notebooks, to all provider agencies in the State of Alabama and will be distributing more flipbooks to each agency so that at least one flipbook will be available on each patient care unit currently licensed and active in the state.
Performance Measure #78 - The adoption of requirements by the State/Territory for pediatric emergency education for the license/certification renewal of basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) providers. The re-license education requirements rule states that some pediatric specific continuing education must be included in every two year re-license cycle for each Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level,
Performance Measure #79 - The degree to which the State/Territory has established permanence of EMSC in the State/Territory EMS system. There are five components to Performance Measure #79:
- The EMSC Advisory Board has the required members as per the implementation manual: Nurse with emergency pediatric experience; Physician with pediatric training; Emergency physician; EMT/Paramedic who is currently a practicing, ground level pre-hospital provider; EMS State agency representative; EMSC principal investigator; EMSC grant manager; and Family Representative.
- The EMSC Advisory Board meets at least four times a year. The Alabama EMSC Advisory Board meets quarterly and most of the meetings are face-to-face unless schedules require a conference call.
- Pediatric representation will have been incorporated in the State/Territory EMS Board. The Alabama EMSC Principal Investigator is a pediatric emergency physician and sits on the State EMS Board.
- The State/Territory will mandate requiring pediatric representation on the EMS Board. The Code of Alabama states that a member of the State EMS Board and the State Emergency Medical Control Committee (SEMCC) must be a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The Alabama EMSC Principal Investigator is a member of the AAP and sits on the State EMS Board and SEMCC.
- One full-time EMSC Manager who is dedicated solely to the EMSC Program will have been established. When the EMSC grant cycle begins March 1, 2010, the Alabama EMSC Program will have a full-time EMSC Program Manager.
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