Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)

Research Researchers


Founded in 2001, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) is the first federally-funded emergency medicine research network in the United States. For 2016 – 2019, The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and EMSC Program continue their efforts in high-priority research by investing $14.4 million into PECARN.

PECARN conducts multi-institutional research on the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth of all ages. The institutions serve approximately 1.1 million pediatric patients and conduct more than 68,000 pediatric EMS runs annually. PECARN has since published over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

There are six research node centers, each containing three hospital emergency departments (EDs), and one prehospital Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agency. In addition, there is a prehospital EMS research node with three EMS sites. The 18 EDs and nine EMS agencies comprise of academic, community, urban, general, and children's hospitals.

For more information about PECARN studies, please visit the PECARN website.