The publication identified three elements of readiness associated with the largest impact on scores:
- Designating a physician or nurse, ideally both, as pediatric champions – or pediatric emergency care coordinators (PECCs) – for the ED
- Having in place pediatric-specific quality improvement plans
- Staffing with physicians board-certified in general emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine
Regardless of volume, prioritizing these elements can help ensure equitable emergency care for all children.
Start improving your readiness
- Take the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) Assessment (available outside of the national assessment period for EDs)
- Utilize the NPRP Checklist and Toolkit
- Sign up for the National Pediatric Readiness Quality Initiative, a free, online data tool that enables EDs of any size, type, and volume to input and track pediatric patient data to measure outcomes
Not sure of the right step for your ED? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.