Pediatric Readiness is a federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) initiative by the Maternal & Child Health Bureau, to ensure every EMS agency and emergency department has the appropriate capabilities, training, policies/protocols, equipment, supplies and medications to provide high-quality emergency care for children.
Each state is required by the Federal Maternal & Child Health Bureau to have a state EMSC program in place and meet federal performance measures. In 1994, Illinois EMSC was established within the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and works to improve pediatric emergency care and disaster preparedness capabilities throughout our state. The goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality in ill and injured children. An Illinois EMSC Advisory Board and several committees are in place to assist with these efforts.