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Getting to Know Your Community Emergency Medical Services (EMS) (7360)

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Getting to Know your Child’s Community Emergency
Medical Services (EMS)

Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
Your local EMS (which includes your
fire department), is also part of your
child’s care team. We encourage
families to set up a time to meet with
their EMS. At this visit, you should tell
them where you live, the special needs
of your child, a copy of child’s
Emergency Information Form (EIF) and
the orange envelope from the tool kit in
your “patient at risk” folder. Meeting
the EMS before an emergency will help
during those hard times.

What does the EMS need to know?
The EMS needs to know about your
child’s medical equipment. You should
explain how your child uses the
equipment and any tips that work to
provide care. This would also be a good
time to see how the equipment fits inside
the ambulance. Remember, your EMS
may not have seen some of the
equipment before.

Does EMS need to know medicines?
The EMS may want a list of medicines
you child takes and your child’s health
care plan. The EIF is a form that parents
fill out and give to their EMS. You will
need to update this form when changes
happen with your child’s health. The
EIF is approved by the Academy of
Pediatrics and is available at

What is considered an Emergency?
If you have any concerns about your
child’s health, you should call the
pulmonary team. They may want you to
call your local EMS and have them bring
your child to the Emergency Department
(ED) for an evaluation. The pulmonary
team will be talking with the local ED
about your child’s condition. If they
think that an admission to American
Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) is
needed, the Children’s Hospital
Emergency Transport Ambulance
(CHETA) will be called.

What is CHETA?
CHETA is the AFCH critical care
transport ambulance staffed with a
Respiratory Therapist and a Nurse. Their
focus is taking care of children during
transport to a hospital. The ambulance
has state of the art technology and
equipment for children. CHETA has
direct contact with a critical care doctor
and a pulmonary doctor during the trip
to the hospital. This helps make sure
your child gets quality care.

Support Options
It is vital for the EMS, local ED and
CHETA to know what care you would
like your child to have in case of an
emergency. Families may or may not
choose interventions based on their
personal beliefs and definition of quality
of life. Please talk about the wishes you
have for your child to make sure they are

Once you get to AFCH, the pulmonary
or critical care team will provide special
care to your child. The pulmonary team
will keep caring for you child during

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call
if you have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with
your doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical
condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on
your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright ©
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