State Chairman: Elizabeth Davy
This Special Project combines the strengths of the General and Junior clubs to accomplish one remarkable project - the now nationally known EMSC pediatric bags for ambulances project.
Clubs will work together, funding specialized bags that put critical pediatric emergency equipment and supplies in one place for Wisconsin's ambulances.
These "ped bags" will enable EMS (Emergency Medical Service providers) to respond to pediatric calls with organized, easily accessible, and properly sized equipment.
Emergency Medical Services for Children
The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is a national initiative designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness and injury. Medical personnel, parents and volunteers, community groups and businesses, and national organizations and foundations all contribute to the effort.
Children are NOT Small Adults
"The physiologic, anatomic, developmental and emotional characteristics of children, and their unique health care needs, make it difficult for care providers to meet those needs optimally in adult-patient oriented...emergency medical services (EMS) systems. Effective emergency care for children requires specialized training and equipment. These important differences, and the continued presence of a significant gap in the delivery of emergency care in the pediatric population, are the rationale behind the federal EMSC program. Carol Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, President, to the Committee on Energy and Commerce explaining why EMSC must be kept and federally funded.
Team with GFWC-WI EMSC 501c3 Fund
Contact Paula Schice
Progress Across the State
The blue highlighting represents the percentage of Pediatric Bags on ambulances in each county.
Click Here to See the Maps of the Wisconsin indicating the project's progress from early 2002 to June, 2010 to December 2010 to May 2011 - WE DID IT!
As of 4/30/11, 97% of EMS departments carry Ped Bags on all ambulances - positively affecting over 30,000 children each year. (We are reaching out to the last 3%). The standard of care, for children in need of emergency medical care, has dramatically changed in Wisconsin due to our effort and dedication. This is an extraordinary accomplishment. GFWC members are amazing!!
Contacts and Resources
BLS Ped Bag Equipment List for EMT Departments