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Emergency Medical Services for Children Day in the United States

Many communities in the United States join in on raising awareness about the need for specialized emergency care for children on Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day. It is held on the Wednesday of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which is on May 19–25.

Child receiving medical care from a health professional.
A child feels better after receiving medical care from a health professional.
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What Do People Do?

The EMSC Natural Resource Center hosts an annual event featuring activities and giveaways at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. Many schools, health-related organizations, local communities and medical personnel take part in raising awareness about the need for pediatric emergency medical care. The day is also promoted via social media, newspapers, radio, television, and websites.

Public Life

EMSC Day is not a public holiday but it is a national observance in the US.

Background

The federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) every year to celebrate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. The Wednesday within the week-long celebration, from May 19–25, is designated as EMSC Day.

Symbols

The “Benny the Bearamedic” logo is often seen on t-shirts, mugs, brochures, and other promotional items on EMSC Day.

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
WedMay 192010Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 252011Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 232012Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 222013Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 212014Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 202015Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 252016Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 242017Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 232018Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 222019Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 
WedMay 202020Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day is observed on the Wednesday of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 19–25, in the United States.

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Emergency Medical Services for Children DayEnglish
Día de los Servicios Médicos de Emergencia para NiñosSpanish
היום של שירותי חירום רפואיים לילדיםHebrew
الخدمات الطبية الطارئة ليوم الطفلArabic
어린이 날을위한 응급 의료 서비스Korean
Tag der medizinischen Notversorgung für KinderGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2019 in the United States

United Nation Holiday on May 23, 2019

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