Thanks to a $900,000 grant awarded in September of 2013, Medic is currently collaborating with the Houston Fire Department and Milwaukee County EMS on research aimed at improving prehospital care administered to pediatric patients.

These three Agencies were chosen to work on the initiative due to the size and scope of their respective areas of service combined with their robust history of conducting successful EMS research projects, inclusive of randomized clinical trials.

The outputs of this collaborative will be submitted to the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), which will then analyze and recommend changes to prehospital care for pediatric patients across the nation.

The trio is currently engaged in research aimed at assessing barriers to pain management in pediatric patients, alternative pain management therapies, alternative therapies for managing seizures in children, and the development of a prehospital decision aid to help identify severely ill patients.