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Get the facts on Pediatric Readiness and the National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project (PPRP), which aims to ensure every EMS and fire-rescue agency has the resources, competencies, and policies needed for high-quality, equitable pediatric emergency care.

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What is prehospital pediatric readiness?

Pediatric readiness means EMS and fire-rescue agencies are trained, equipped, and prepared to provide high-quality emergency care for children in accordance with national recommendations.

Why is pediatric readiness important?

While the majority of EMS and fire-rescue agencies provide emergency care to children, pediatric calls are rare for most agencies. Many EMS clinicians describe taking care of children as “scary.” Being “peds ready” can reduce anxiety and increase confidence. Research suggests it may also improve patient outcomes.

What is the PPRP?

The Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project (PPRP) is a federally funded initiative of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program. The project empowers EMS and fire-rescue agencies to improve their “pediatric readiness” or capability to care for acutely ill and injured children. The PPRP provides free and open-access tools and resources for improvement.

How can you know how “peds ready” your EMS agency is?

The PPRP has created several assessment tools designed to provide you with practical, usable information to understand how ready you really are to provide emergency care for children and improve your pediatric capabilities.

What are the steps to take to become pediatric ready?

There are four key steps to take to be prepared to provide appropriate care for children:

  • Step 1: Use the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness EMS Agency Checklist to quickly identify the key areas you should address to be “peds ready” and understand the focus areas included in the assessment. 
  • Step 2: Complete the PPRP Assessment. This online assessment includes in-depth questions and takes approximately 30-45 minutes. Once completed, you will receive a report detailing specific gaps in your pediatric readiness. This gap report will also include benchmarking information for you to compare your agency with similar ones. 
  • Step 3: Use the gap report to identify relevant resources in the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Toolkit and begin working to address them. 
  • Step 4: Engage in future assessments to track progress as you continue to improve the pediatric readiness of your EMS or fire-rescue agency. Don’t forget to celebrate your success!

Who should fill out the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Checklist?

Your agency’s pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC). If your agency doesn’t have a PECC, the individual most familiar with policies and procedures as well as training could complete the checklist.