85% of acutely ill and injured children seek care in general emergency departments (EDs). But these EDs may not necessarily have the specialized resources, training, and processes required to effectively treat children — like specifically sized equipment or protocols for interfacility transfers.

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is dedicated to supporting providers and professionals — whether nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, administrators, or other staff — in improving pediatric emergency care in hospital settings.

Our work focuses on the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP), a nationwide initiative to assess and advance improvements in pediatric emergency care. Through data collected by the NPRP, researchers have demonstrated the power of being prepared to care for acutely ill and injured children: high pediatric readiness at EDs is associated with as much as a 76% reduction in mortality.

Projects & Activities

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National Pediatric Readiness Project

Access a toolkit of resources, a checklist, and more.

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Quality Improvement Collaboratives

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