Emergency Medical Services For Children Day

Each year, the American College of Emergency Physicians and The Federal EMSC Program partner with one another to observe Emergency Medical Services For Children Day. This holiday is held on the Wednesday that falls during EMS Week and highlights the importance of improving and expanding pediatric medical care.

All across the U.S are grassroots activities designed for the purpose of bringing the public’s attention to this issue and this has occurred ever since the holiday was first founded in November of 1974. This is also a day on which people can take the time to thank EMS providers, paramedics, and other people who work tirelessly each day to give all of our children the emergency care they need.

The History Of Emergency Medical Services For Children Day

In 1974, U.S President Gerald Ford declared the week of November 3-10, 1974 as National Emergency Medical Services Week and the Wednesday during that week the first National EMSC Day. The purpose of this holiday was to underline the need for high-quality pediatric emergency care and the need for better services and more trained personnel. In 2007, this holiday was changed from November to May and that’s where it’s been ever since.

Facts On U.S Hospitals & Emergency Departments

Below are some facts that we’ve learned about the emergency rooms and hospitals in the U.S. This data comes from the American Hospital Association 2021 annual survey.

  • There are 6,090 U.S hospitals.
  • There are 2,946 not-for-profit hospitals.
  • There are 919,559 staffed beds in U.S hospitals.
  • The total expenses for all U.S hospitals was $1,161,932,419,000

Observing Emergency Medical Services For Children Day

Since this isn’t a public holiday, no businesses or government agencies close on this day. What occurs on this day is that people come together to lobby for better pediatric emergency care in their area and thank EMS workers for all that they do. People also use the hashtag #NationalEMSCDay on their social media accounts to spread the word about it.

Where is it celebrated?
United States (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2023)
May 24 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
May 22 Wednesday
Last year (2022)
May 25 Wednesday
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