Everyone! All emergency departments (ED) in the nation, including community-based hospitals, children's hospitals, military hospitals, and freestanding EDs are asked to participate in the National Pediatric Readiness Project.
The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement (QI) initiative to ensure that all U.S. emergency departments (EDs) have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children.
The project is supported by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Nurses Association, the Federal Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children Program, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The NPRP assessment helps ED personnel to become better prepared to provide quality care for all patients of all ages by evaluating the QI process of EDs over time. Hospitals with high ED readiness scores demonstrate a 4-fold lower rate of mortality for children with critical illness than those with lower readiness scores; thus, improving pediatric readiness improves children and their families' outcomes.