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A child feels better after receiving medical care from a health professional.


Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

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.

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.


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.


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


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