EMSC program manager survey on education of prehospital providers

Prehosp Emerg Care. 2014 Jul-Sep;18(3):424-8. doi: 10.3109/10903127.2013.869641. Epub 2014 Feb 18.


Background: Although pediatric-specific objectives for the initial education of prehospital providers have been established, uniform implementation of these objectives and guidelines for hours of required pediatric continuing education (CE) for prehospital providers have not been established.

Objectives: To examine the content and number of hours of pediatric-specific education that prehospital providers receive during initial certification and recertification. Second, to identify barriers to implementing specific requirements for pediatric education of prehospital providers.

Methods: Electronic surveys were sent to 55 EMS for Children (EMSC) State Partnership grantee program managers inquiring about the certification and recertification processes of prehospital providers and barriers to receiving pediatric training in each jurisdiction.

Results: We had a 91% response rate for our survey. Specified pediatric education hours exist in more states and territories for recertification (63-67%) than initial certification (41%). Limitations in funding, time, instructors, and accessibility are barriers to enhancing pediatric education.

Conclusions: Modifying statewide policies on prehospital education and increasing hands-on training may overcome identified barriers.

MeSH terms

  • Allied Health Personnel / education*
  • Certification*
  • Education, Continuing / organization & administration
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Emergency Medical Technicians / education*
  • Emergency Medicine / education
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States