Are the Emergency Care Needs of Children
with Special Health Care Needs Being Met?
To facilitate prompt and appropriate emergency care for children with special health care needs, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) have developed an Emergency Information Form (Adobe Acrobat PDF File - 84K) which can be used as a tool to transfer critical information about these children. It is hoped that the form will gain acceptance and be utilized by primary caregivers and specialists so that emergency physicians may have access to vital information when emergencies occur. The form and policy guidelines on developing emergency care plans will be simultaneously published in the October 1999 issues of Pediatrics and Annals of Emergency Medicine, and will be accessible on the AAP and ACEP Web sites. A blank and sample copy of the Emergency Information Form can be downloaded and may be duplicated as needed. The blank form will also be sold in pads of 100 at a nominal cost through AAP Publications (Please call 888/227-1770).
We urge you to review the AAP and ACEP guidelines along with the Emergency Information Form and work to make the form available to emergency care providers as necessary. MedicAlert® Foundation, a nonprofit 501c(3) organization has also agreed to serve as a repository for the data (for any child who registers with the MedicAlert® program) collected via the Emergency Information Form.