Every emergency department (ED) in the nation that sees children, including community-based hospitals, children's hospitals, military hospitals, and freestanding EDs was asked to participate in the National Pediatric Readiness Project.
The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that all U.S. emergency departments (ED) have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children.
The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a partnership between the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).
The majority of ill and injured children seek care at the closest emergency department (ED) in their community. It is critical that all EDs have the appropriate resources and staff to provide effective emergency care for children.