About Us

EMS for Children State Partnership, Texas
Emergency Medical Services for Children

The Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership, Texas is a statewide collaborative project working under grant from the Health Resource and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Program.

Baylor College of Medicine is the site of the Texas EMSC office and is working in partnership with the largest children’s hospitals in Texas, their affiliated colleges of medicine, and representatives of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Through this collaboration, the EMSC State Partnership, Texas will create the infrastructure to assess and achieve defined EMSC Performance Measures. In addition, the EMSC State Partnership, Texas will work tirelessly to improve education, research and pediatric pre-hospital care.

Our Goals

  • Ensure that state-of-the-art emergency medical care for the ill or injured child or adolescent is available when needed.
  • Ensure that pediatric services are well integrated into the existing state emergency medical services system.
  • Ensure that the entire spectrum of emergency services, including primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation, is provided to children and adolescents at the same level as adults.

Voluntary Pediatric Readiness Program (VPRP) for Hospitals

The goal of this program is to increase the readiness of hospitals to care for pediatric patients.  We are currently piloting the "Pediatric Ready" Level of the program and are actively looking for hospitals that are interested in participating.  If your facility is interested, or if you know of other hospitals that may be interested in participating, please contact the program manager at joseph.santos@bcm.edu for more information.  You can also follow the links below to download additional information about the program.  

Voluntary Pediatric Readiness Program for EMS Agencies

Similar to the hospital pediatric readiness program the goal of this program is to increase the readiness of EMS agencies to care for pediatric patients.  This program is now open to all EMS agencies in the state of Texas and are officially accepting applications.  Please follow the links below for more information or you can contact the program manager at joseph.santos@bcm.edu

The following EMS agencies and/or Fire Departments have been recognized at the GOLD Level of Readiness:

    Texas EMS (Granbury)

    Watauga Fire Department   

    Cedar Hill Fire Department

    Montgomery County Hospital District

    Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department

    Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps

    Williamson County EMS

    Booker EMS

    Argyle Fire District

PRQC Collaborative Project

The EMS for Children State Partnership will be joining the National Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative to the support efforts of states and territories to meet the emergency care needs of children.  A total of 15 facilities in Texas  have signed up to participate in this program.  Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and Medical City Dallas will serve as “training sites” and will support 13 “affiliate” sites that will work on QI initiatives by targeting four key gaps in pediatric readiness: 1. Collecting and documenting pediatric patients’ weight in kilograms only; 2. Developing a notification process for abnormal vital signs; 3. Ensuring that transfer guidelines are patient and family oriented and 4. Establishing disaster plans that include children. 

The basic model is “train the trainer” and the sites are currently under-going training and will continue in the project through November of this year.  We will provide additional details and updates as the program evolves.