Peds Ready Webinars

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In 2013 - 2014, more than 4,100 hospitals participated in an assessment as part of the National Pediatric Readiness (Peds Ready) Project, a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that U.S. emergency departments (ED) have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. To assist EDs in measuring their progress in becoming ready for children, the Peds Ready Assessment Portal has been reopened. Participating in the reassessment provides an opportunity for all EDs to measure incremental changes and define next steps for improving their pediatric readiness. First time assessment participants will receive a baseline score regarding the pediatric readiness of their ED along with helpful resources to make improvements.

This webinar will discuss the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle of quality improvement and its application to Pediatric Readiness efforts; define the importance of regular assessment/monitoring of change as related to Pediatric Readiness initiatives; discuss the process for accessing and engaging in the assessment, list information that will be provided to respondents upon completion of the assessment; and discuss potential next steps, based on reassessment findings, for reducing the gaps in pediatric emergency care in your ED.

The content for this webinar is appropriate for ED directors, ED physicians and nurses, hospital administrators, state EMSC Program managers, state health department and hospital regulators, health care planners, trauma program coordinators and managers, and others interested in improving pediatric emergency care.

A recently published clinical report to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) noted that disasters affect the lives of millions of children every year and that children, as a group, are at an increased risk for psychosocial trauma and behavioral difficulties after a disaster. In 2013, the AAP, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the EMSC Program collaborated jointly on a quality improvement initiative, the National Pediatric Readiness Project. The project initiated an assessment of more than 5,000 U.S. emergency departments (ED) and more than 4,100 facilities responded (83%). Results illustrated that less than half of all U.S. hospitals reported having written disaster plans addressing issues specific to the care of children.

In response to the Pediatric Readiness Assessment, a multidisciplinary workgroup was convened to create the Checklist of Essential Domains and Considerations for Every Hospital’s Disaster Preparedness Policies. Behavioral health was included as one of the 10 essential domains. This webinar discussed short- and long-term effects of disaster on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children; identified key elements in the behavioral health domain essential to the provision of psychosocial support to children and families in the aftermath of disaster; and described practical ways to incorporate behavior health policies and practices into disaster plans and embed them into everyday practice. Those planning to watch this archived webinar may find it helpful to review the Checklist. Users can download one of two versions of the Checklist: an electronic interactive pdf and a static, printable pdf.

The content for this webinar was appropriate for ED directors, ED physicians and nurses, disaster management specialists, community disaster planners, health care planners, hospital administrators, clinical managers, trauma program coordinators and managers, state EMSC Program managers, EMS providers, family members, as well as others interested in improving pediatric emergency care.

At the request of those who attended the live webinar, the EMSC NRC is making available a downloadable pdf version of the PowerPoint slides used by speakers during the webinar.

In 2013, more than 4,100 hospitals participated in an assessment as part of the National Pediatric Readiness Project, a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that U.S. emergency departments (ED) have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. Analysis of assessment data validated that having pediatric emergency care coordinators (PECC) in EDs increased the likelihood of emergency department readiness for children.

This webinar shared data supporting the need for PECCs , as well as strategies employed to identify and assure availability of PECCs in the EDs of a large hospital system. Finally, a physician and nurse PECC discussed challenges encountered and opportunities to improve pediatric readiness in their ED. Presenters include, Marianne Gausche-Hill MD, primary investigator and leader of the National Pediatric Readiness Project; Susan Cadwell, MSN, RN, NE-BC, director, ED Initiative Clinical Services Group, Health Care Corporation of America; Leslie Flament MS, RN, clinician IV pediatric quality coordinator, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital; and Dale Woolridge, MD, PhD, professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona.

The content for this webinar is appropriate for ED directors, ED physicians and nurses, hospital administrators, state EMSC Program managers, EMS providers, state health department and hospital regulators, health care planners, family members, trauma program coordinators and managers, and others interested in improving pediatric emergency care.

EMSC partner representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurse Association provided information on newly-defined initiatives to support the efforts of states and emergency departments (ED) in improving pediatric emergency readiness and care. Specifically, presenters discussed events and outcomes of the April 2015 Pediatric Readiness Stakeholder meeting; information on the initiatives planned by the three EMSC partner organizations to facilitate pediatric ED readiness in all hospital emergency departments; and identification of potential opportunities for collaboration between partner organizations, the states, and EMSC grantees.

This event targeted EMSC grantees. Continuing education was not available for this event.

This program defined quality improvement, highlighted key components of the quality improvement process, and discussed how to apply essential quality improvement methodologies to improve pediatric emergency care using the National Pediatric Readiness data. Specifically, Charles Macias, MD, MPH, and Kate Remick, MD, discussed the importance of quality improvement in pediatric emergency care, a key quality improvement framework, and potential for quality improvement projects using the National Pediatric Readiness data. Evelyn Lyons, RN, MPH, illustrated the real life application of quality improvement in pediatric emergency care.

This educational event was planned with hospital emergency department (ED) Pediatric Readiness respondents in mind. Content was appropriate for all ED leaders, including ED medical directors, managers, education specialists, quality improvement coordinators, as well as hospital leadership, quality improvement department staff, EMSC program managers, and state departments of health/hospital regulatory staff.

More than 300 individuals participated in the live webinar. Content from this event has been converted into an on-demand online learning module with accompanying continuing education credits. Click on the link above to access the training.