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The NPRP Assessment gauges an ED's capability to provide high-quality care for children based on the ED's adherence to the latest national guidelines on pediatric emergency care. Assessments are conducted by the EMSC Data Center in conjunction with release of new guidelines, which are updated as evidence and the health care environment evolve. Assessments are confidential, voluntary, and based on a 100-point scale.
The most recent NPRP Assessments were conducted in 2013-2014 and 2021. (Results from the 2021 assessment will be available soon.) The 2021 NPRP Assessment is also available on a rolling basis for internal quality improvement (QI) purposes within individual EDs.
Six focus areas
The 2021 NPRP Assessment has 71 questions and covers six topics, based on the guidelines' focus areas:
- Administration and coordination of care for children
- Quality Improvement
- Pediatric-specific policies
- Equipment and Supplies
During national assessment periods, participants receive:
- A pediatric readiness score for their ED (on a scale of 0-100)
- The average pediatric readiness score of EDs of similar pediatric volume and of all participating EDs (for benchmarking)
- A Gap Report to target efforts for pediatric readiness improvement
During non-national assessment periods, EDs can complete the assessment for internal QI purposes and will receive a Summary Report with their overall pediatric readiness score and answers to scored questions.