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National EMS Week - May 19 - 25, 2013

2013 Theme - EMS: One Mission. One Team.

   EMS Week, originally established by Gerald Ford in 1974, honors the dedication of EMS professionals, while promoting safety awareness information and outreach. In addition to the full week’s program, Wednesday, May 22nd will be Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day, recognizing the unique needs of children in emergency situations.

ACEP and EMS Week

American College of Emergency Physicians ACEP   The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), which has been collecting and distributing information for EMS week since the 1980s, has a thorough planning guide available, which can be downloaded as a PDF, or ordered here. In addition to general planning, ACEP provides activities by age group, including adults, teens, and children, available on their outreach page. The organizations extensive resources also include:

   •   EMS provider and patient information focusing on stroke care, prevention, and management
   •   Fact Sheets on condition-specific prevention and care, as well as EMS Week activities geared towards children
   •   Public service announcements on topics such as Paramedic recruitment
   •    A downloadable web banner to increase awareness of EMS Week and its mission
   •   Additional web resources for EMS Week preparation

   Please consider joining in the recognition of the hard work and dedication of EMS service members by planning or attending an event, assisting in the distribution of safety information in your community, and showing your support on the EMS Week Facebook page. Additional ideas and information may also be found on the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) website, along with videos, expos, and other information about the EMT profession.

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