How It Works
The collaborative will occur in two phases. During phase 1, we will explore seven pediatric readiness focus areas, evaluate your agency or ED’s level of pediatric readiness and identify areas for improvement. In phase 2, we provide coaching and tools to help you develop an improvement project.
The PECC role can differ based on your role within your agency or institution. For this reason, we have developed four different tracks to enable customization of the content and foster peer-peer community building among similarly positioned individuals. However, we encourage diverse teams from each EMS agency or institution to join each track of the collaborative to accelerate improvements in pediatric readiness.
- EMS Professionals
- ED / Hospital Nurses or Clinical Staff
- ED / Hospital Physicians
- EMSC State Partnership Programs
Phase 1 : September 2021 – February 2022
Each month, we will explore one of the seven pediatric readiness areas of focus. After an introduction to the topic, we will examine best practices that PECCs from around the country are using to drive pediatric readiness and suggest improvement strategies that you can employ at your agency or ED / hospital. Each focus area guide will be accessible through the collaborative website and as a downloadable packet that will be emailed to you at the beginning of each month.
After developing a thorough understanding of the focus area, you will evaluate the focus area as it exists at your agency or institution. The goal here to identify areas for improvement that can be addressed during Phase 2. To do this, we have developed a structured set of questions (termed a '"environmental scan") that you will answer in REDCap. Upon completion of the questions in REDCap, you will be sent a PDF copy of your answers as well as be able to access a personal dashboard where you’ll be able to track your progress through the modules and the gaps you identified.
At two different times during each month (to accommodate scheduling conflicts), we will host interactive learning sessions to introduce the domain and explore example practices. These 1.5-hour sessions will include a breakout sessions devoted to interactive discussions of the topic as it relates to each provider type. The Learning Sessions are not intended to be passive learning webinars. You are encouraged to ask questions and engage with both the subject matter expert leads and your fellow participants. Please refer to the calendar of events for exact dates. These sessions will be recorded and posted to the webpage for those who cannot attend any of the sessions offered. Meeting links will be sent via calendar invites to all registered participants as well as be posted to the Participants-Only webpage.
Phase 2 : February – June 2022
After developing a thorough understanding of the seven areas of focus, you will be ready to start making change at your institution or agency. Based on the gap identification work that you do in Phase 1, you will develop an improvement project that falls within one of the following four areas.
Improvement Project Topic Areas
- Development/formalization of the PECC role within your EMS agency, institution or region
- Secure essential pediatric equipment, supplies or medications
- Develop a program to train and assess care team pediatric competencies
- Develop a policy, protocol, pathway or decision support tool
During Phase 2, participants will be grouped based on implementation project type, rather than track, as we hope to foster a collective understanding on the processes that drive change across the continuum of care. Each group will have a monthly virtual meeting to review progress and troubleshoot issues. We will also employ an online message board for those that cannot attend the meeting.
We have developed distinct phases/milestones for each implementation project area that will be used to track your progress towards implementation. You will submit a monthly progress report through REDCap.