Title

The role of the pediatrician in rural emergency medical services for children.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2012

Identifier

DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-2547

Abstract

In rural America, pediatricians can play a key role in the development, implementation, and ongoing supervision of emergency medical services for children (EMSC). Pediatricians may represent the only source of pediatric expertise for a large region and are a vital resource for rural physicians (eg, general and family practice, emergency medicine) and other rural health care professionals (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and emergency medical technicians), providing education about management and prevention of pediatric illness and injury; appropriate equipment for the acutely ill or injured child; and acute, chronic, and rehabilitative care. In addition to providing clinical expertise, the pediatrician may be involved in quality assurance, clinical protocol development, and advocacy, and may serve as a liaison between emergency medical services and other entities working with children (eg, school nurses, child care centers, athletic programs, and programs for children with special health care needs).

Journal Title

Pediatrics

Volume

130

Issue

5

First Page

978

Last Page

982

MeSH Keywords

Child; Emergency Medical Services; Humans; Pediatrics; Physician's Role; Rural Health Services; United States

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