"Because of these unique vulnerabilities of children, it is vital that their special needs are addressed in every stage of disaster planning - prevention, preparation, response and recovery. Since 1994, a priority for Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) has been to ensure that health care providers and health care facilities are prepared to meet the emergency care needs of children. Beginning in 1998, the Illinois Department of Public Health began formally recognizing hospitals for their emergency department (ED) pediatric preparedness through the EMSC Pediatric Facility Recognition process. Through this process, hospitals voluntarily meet criteria that assist in assuring they have appropriately trained personnel as well as resources and capabilities to handle the needs of the critically ill or injured child. Pediatric facility recognition is an initial step in preparing for pediatric disaster and terrorist events."
EMSC News (Spring 2002), v.15 no.2
2005 EMSC Program
Emergency Medical Services for Children: http://www.ems-c.org/