NPRP assessment achieves 71% response rate!

  • Published September 29, 2021
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The 2021 National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) assessment closed on August 31. A total of 3,647 emergency departments (EDs) across the nation in rural, remote, and urban areas answered the call to participate in this quality improvement initiative (QI), garnering a 71% response rate.

The NPRP assessment is the largest national assessment of emergency departments’ capabilities in providing high-quality care for children. The NPRP is a collaboration between the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program along with the Emergency Nurses Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of State EMS Officials, and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

“Our appreciation goes out to all of our ED nurse managers who participated in the assessment, our national partners, and countless people working behind the scenes—including State Partnership program managers, the NPRP Steering Committee, and especially our NPRP Project Leads, Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, Dr. Kate Remick, and Dr. Hilary Hewes, for their tireless efforts and inspiring leadership,” says Michael Ely, Director of the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC), which hosts the survey.

Data collected via the assessment is being processed and will be used to support national and state-level pediatric QI efforts.

“We look forward to ongoing work being done in collaboratives, EDs, health systems, and communities to prioritize pediatric readiness and the needs of critically ill or injured children,” adds Ely.

To learn more about the assessment, visit

To access pediatric readiness resources, visit the NPRP Toolkit.