Child Abuse & Neglect
Three million cases of child abuse are reported in the US annually, making this issue a significant public health care concern.
EMS providers can be the eyes and ears of the medical community, because they are in a unique position, often being the only individuals who have access to a patient’s home.
Their ability to assess and perceptively deal with this problem can have a tremendous impact on the morbidity and mortality of children. While there is a plethora of information for many levels of health care providers, there has been little useful information regarding the role of the EMS prehospital care provider in identification, reporting, intervening, documenting and preventing child maltreatment.
The creators of the national award-winning Teaching Resource for Instructors in Prehospital Pediatrics have addressed this problem by creating Child Abuse and Neglect: A Continuing Education and Teaching Resource for the Prehospital Provider.
Developed with the input of EMSC and Child Protection experts from around the country, and based on a national survey of what EMS providers need to know about child abuse and neglect, it is hoped that this resource will facilitate instructors in providing students with the information they need to sensitively and confidently attend to the needs of this population in jeopardy.