Prehospital Pediatric Readiness

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In 2019, the EIIC convened a Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Steering Committee to help guide and plan next steps for pediatric readiness in the prehospital setting. This includes identifying gaps and priority areas of focus and coordinating complimentary public relations activities among our national partners, so as to support and not duplicate efforts

Goal & Vision

Goal: Ensure emergency care for all children

Recognizing pediatric readiness gaps in emergency systems across the U.S., the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project has as its primary purpose the improvement of pediatric emergency care outcomes and patient safety within the prehospital environment (local, regional and state levels). The Steering Committee will collaborate to address these pediatric gaps, while creating and sharing guidelines and resources essential to the provision of safe and effective prehospital care to children.

Vision: That all EMS agencies have the appropriate resources, including physician oversight, trained and competent staff, education, policies, medications, equipment, and supplies, to provide effective emergency care for children.

Resource availability across EMS agencies is variable, making it essential that EMS physician medical directors, administrators, and personnel collaborate with outpatient and hospital-based pediatric experts, especially those in EDs, to optimize prehospital emergency care for children.

Future Plans

  1. Nationwide rollout of a prehospital pediatric readiness checklist (January 2021)
  2. Create and publish prehospital pediatric readiness toolkit (January 2021)
  3. Develop sustainability plan (2022)
  4. Disseminate assessment (2024)