The National Pediatric Readiness Project brings together the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), all of whom have a vested interest in working collaboratively to improve pediatric emergency care. The EMSC Program is also utilizing the expertise of its two resource centers -- the the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) and the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) -- as well as its State Partnership grantees to implement this project.
The National Pediatric Readiness Project would also like to thank PEMSoft for giving away a full year's individual PEMSoft subscription to every emergency department representative who completed the 2013 assessment.
What Is the Role of EMSC?
What is the Role of Organizational Partners?
National organizations, such as the America Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurse Association (ENA) play a vital role in the success of this project. Specifically, these organizations have agreed to:
- help disseminate information about the project to their membership,
- participate in the development of quality improvement resources to help emergency departments (EDs) provide effective emergency care to children, and
- identify state representatives or “champions” who will work with EMSC State Partnership managers to:
- educate fellow members about the project;
- encourage their colleagues (i.e., ED nurse and physician leaders) to complete the assessment and access the online resources;
- write about the National Pediatric Readiness Project in their chapter newsletter or online listserv; and
- implement organizational projects to facilitate pediatric ED readiness in all hospital emergency departments (see below). For more information about the organizational projects, watch the webinar Collaborating for Success: Pediatric Readiness Next Steps