Chapter 12. Emergency Medical Services System For Children of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 2.5. >> Chapter 12.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the
California Emergency Medical Services for Children Act of 1996.
(a) For purposes of this chapter, the following
(1) "EMSC Program" means the Emergency Medical Services For
Children Program administered by the authority.
(2) "Technical advisory committee" means a multidisciplinary
committee with pediatric emergency medical services, pediatric
critical care, or other related expertise.
(3) "EMSC component" means the part of the local agency's EMS plan
that outlines the training, transportation, basic and advanced life
support care requirements, and emergency department and hospital
pediatric capabilities within a local jurisdiction.
(b) Contingent upon available funding, an Emergency Medical
Services For Children Program is hereby established within the
(c) The authority shall do the following to implement the EMSC
(1) Employ or contract with professional, technical, research, and
clerical staff as necessary to implement this chapter.
(2) Provide advice and technical assistance to local EMS agencies
on the integration of an EMSC Program into their EMS system.
(3) Oversee implementation of the EMSC Program by local EMS
(4) Establish an EMSC technical advisory committee.
(5) Facilitate cooperative interstate relationships to provide
appropriate care for pediatric patients who must cross state borders
to receive emergency and critical care services.
(6) Work cooperatively and in a coordinated manner with the State
Department of Health Services and other public and private agencies
in the development of standards and policies for the delivery of
emergency and critical care services to children.
(7) On or before March 1, 2000, produce a report for the
Legislature describing any progress on implementation of this
chapter. The report shall contain, but not be limited to, a
description of the status of emergency medical services for children
at both the state and local levels, the recommendation for training,
protocols, and special medical equipment for emergency services for
children, an estimate of the costs and benefits of the services and
programs authorized by this chapter, and a calculation of the number
of children served by the EMSC system.
A local EMS agency may develop an EMSC Program in its
jurisdiction, contingent upon available funding. If a local EMS
agency develops an EMSC Program in its jurisdiction, the local EMS
agency shall develop and incorporate in its EMS plan an EMSC
component that complies with EMS plan requirements. The EMSC
component shall include, but need not be limited to, the following:
(a) EMSC system planning, implementation, and management.
(b) Injury and illness prevention planning, that includes, among
other things, coordination, education, and data collection.
(c) Care rendered to patients outside the hospital.
(d) Emergency department care.
(e) Interfacility consultation, transfer, and transport.
(f) Pediatric critical care and pediatric trauma services.
(g) General trauma centers with pediatric considerations.
(h) Pediatric rehabilitation plans that include, among other
things, data collection and evaluation, education on early detection
of need for referral, and proper referral of pediatric patients.
(i) Children with special EMS needs outside the hospital.
(j) Information management and system evaluation.
The authority may solicit and accept grant funding from
public and private sources to supplement state funds.