Emergency care:

Cause for concern

There are more than 400,000 visits to emergency rooms in Wisconsin each year among children younger than age 18. Children are not just small adults and require specialized emergency medical care. Approximately 90 percent of children receive their emergency care from the community, local agencies and health care facilities that lack pediatric emergency expertise. There is great need for coordinated efforts in advancing emergency care for children throughout Wisconsin. Focus should be placed on the entire spectrum of emergency services provided to children; including access to training, care protocols and prevention. All children should receive the best emergency care regardless of where they live and seek medical care in the state.

Our role

The Alliance manages the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The goal of EMSC is to expand the capacity and improve the quality of pediatric emergency care, both before and after the child arrives at the hospital. This will be accomplished through collaboration, advocacy, consultation and partnerships with agencies, systems and organizations working in emergency services throughout the state. The national EMSC guidelines serve as a model for developing a comprehensive statewide EMSC program in Wisconsin.

The Alliance also manages the Patient at Risk program, an electronic database that houses critical information on children and youth with special health care needs, to facilitate pediatric emergency readiness for emergency responders.


For more information, please contact Erica Kane at (414) 337-4572.

Did you know…

Only 20 percent of children with medical emergencies are initially treated at pediatric specific facilities.