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The National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) empowers emergency departments (EDs) to improve their capability to provide high-quality care for children, also known as being “pediatric ready.” The project is led by the EMSC Program in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association.
The NPRP offers free and open-access assessment opportunities as well as resources to address gaps.
Why improve pediatric emergency care?
Children have unique characteristics that require specific care, especially in emergencies. But not all children have access to specialized pediatric care. In fact, 80% of children receive emergency care in general EDs, not pediatric EDs. General EDs primarily treat adults and may not be well-prepared for children. In the 2013-2014 NPRP assessment, the median score for participating EDs was 69 out of 100.
Pediatric readiness saves lives.
Research shows that high pediatric readiness (~88 points and above) is associated with:
- 4x lower mortality in critically ill children,
- 30% lower mortality for critically injured children, out to 1 year, and
- the potential to save up to 1,400 children’s lives across the United States each year.
Using NPRP tools and resources can help EDs save lives.