National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center
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The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a national multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure all U.S. emergency departments have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. The guidelines and resources are based on the “Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department.”
The total number of points possible for the Assessment was 100. A score of 100 represents the essential components needed to establish a foundation for pediatric readiness, but is in no way inclusive of all the components recommended for pediatric readiness. Hospitals are encouraged to carefully review the Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department, which served as the basis for the assessment, to develop a comprehensive pediatric readiness program for a hospital.
Determining which of the assessment questions would be scored and how heavily they would be scored was done by a group of clinical experts through a modified Delphi approach. In developing the scoring criteria, the experts were asked to consider results of recently published assessments on pediatric readiness of emergency departments, as well as recommendations from the Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States.
During the 2013-14 assessment, data was collected from over 4,000 Emergency Departments across the nation - an 83% response rate. This data has been instrumental in helping a variety of projects understand the emergency care of children and the available resources to emergency departments.
The support for this project is provided by the EMS for Children Program, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association.
Additional results from the 2013-14 Assessment are located in the Data Dashboards tab.