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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.

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Is Emergency Medical Services for Children Day a Public Holiday?

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015WedMay 20Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2016WedMay 25Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2017WedMay 24Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2018WedMay 23Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2019WedMay 22Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2020WedMay 20Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2021WedMay 19Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2022WedMay 25Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2023WedMay 24Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2024WedMay 22Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance
2025WedMay 21Emergency Medical Services for Children DayObservance

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