The American College of Surgeons has announced new pediatric verification standards for all trauma centers. The best way to prepare is to identify a team member who can serve in the role of a pediatric emergency care coordinator or PECC. A PECC can be any physician, nurse, or clinical team member; previous pediatric experience is not required.

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To help trauma centers prepare for the new standards, the PECC Workforce Development Collaborative is hosting a Trauma Improvement Sprint over two half days, February 23 and March 2, 2022. 

Participants will learn to:

  • Develop communication strategies for hospital and ED leadership
  • Create pediatric-specific policies and protocols
  • Establish pediatric competency initiatives
  • Ensure processes to maintain pediatric equipment and supplies
  • Implement system-level quality improvement interventions

Learn More: TQIP Webinar

January 26, 2022

The January 26 TQIP webinar was devoted to the new ACS-COT pediatric readiness standards. Aaron Jensen, MD, FACS gave an overview of the impact that addressing the new standards could have on the care of children. This was followed by a discussion of how to tackle the new standards by Lisa Gray, MHA, BSN,CPN, TCRN. Finally, Meredith Rodriguez, PhD, gave an overview of the PWDC Trauma Improvement Sprint.

Download the slides here

What is an Improvement Sprint?

Quality improvement initiatives require consistent effort and a dedicated period of time for results to be realized. For this reason, our quality improvement collaboratives usually span anywhere from 12-18 months.

However, we believe the foundation for the development of a pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC), also known as a pediatric champion, can be introduced through an intensive, two-day event. During these two days, we will review the key drivers and change strategies that lead to improvement in each of the seven pediatric readiness areas of focus.

After completing the Trauma Improvement Springs, participants will be invited to join Phase 2 of our PECC Workforce Development Collaborative. During phase 2 of the collaborative, which begins on March 17, participants will work to implement a pediatric-focused quality improvement project.