Emergency care:
Patient at Risk

Patient at Risk

When children or youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) require emergency care, parents may not always be available to give important medical information to emergency responders. As of Feb. 1, 2018, the Patient at Risk database (for CYSHCN emergency preparedness) was taken offline, due to lack of funding and expired software. Wisconsin EMSC will continue to prioritize emergency planning for CYSHCN and promote best practices for parents and emergency responders. At this time, Wisconsin EMSC recommends the following steps:

Steps for parents

  1. Complete the ACEP and AAP Emergency Information Form for your child.
  2. Keep a copy in the home in a visible spot, such as on the refrigerator.
  3. Keep a copy with your child at all times.
  4. Give copies to places where your child spends time, like day care or school. 
  5. Share your Emergency Information Form with emergency responders in your area. Visit the Wisconsin EMS website to identify emergency responders in your area.
  6. If you feel comfortable, invite your local emergency responders to your home to meet your child and become familiar with their equipment and condition.
  7. Update your child’s Emergency Information Form each year, and/or with any health care changes.

Steps for EMS providers

  1. Get to know CYSHCN in your community. Invite families to the fire house or ambulance service for a tour. 
  2. When a family shares an Emergency Information Form or other medical information for their child, alert dispatch or use your computer systems to flag the address.

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