Governor John Bel Edwards, on behalf of the Louisiana Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program, presented Shreveport Fire Department Crew members with the EMS for Children Kid’s Krewe of the Year Award.
This award is given in honor of EMS for Children Day, which is May 18, 2022. The award is granted to an EMS crew who has displayed outstanding care for a child in an emergency medical or trauma event, demonstrated exceptional effort in the development of pediatric training or quality improvement programs, or was instrumental in planning and conducting creative injury prevention programs.
The Shreveport Fire and EMS crews are being recognized as pediatric champions for their heroic actions during a house fire involving a family of 7 and successful resuscitation of a child during that event.
Governor Edwards signed a Proclamation recognizing May 18, 2022 as EMS for Children Day in Louisiana. In Louisiana and nationally, the EMSC program places a spotlight on the delivery of high-quality emergency medical care for Louisiana Department of Health children, focusing on the unique needs of critically ill or injured pediatric patients and the challenges faced by EMS and emergency department professionals in meeting those needs.
The Louisiana EMSC Program operates within the Louisiana Department of Health, Bureau of Family Health. Every conversation, idea, and project that Louisiana’s EMSC program leads seeks to reduce pediatric morbidity and mortality rates caused by acute illnesses and injuries.
Louisiana’s EMSC program serves all pediatric patients who utilize the emergency healthcare system. EMSC performs gap analyses and informs strategic process improvements in EMS agencies and emergency departments to improve pediatric emergency healthcare across Louisiana.