EIIC: Emergency Medical Services for Children | Innovation and Improvement Center

Pediatric Readiness

Which Facilities are Participating in the Project? 

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. Veterans hospitals were not included in the project.

If an ED did not participate in the original 2013 Pediatric Readiness assessment, it is not too late to assess its readiness. The electronic assessment portal reopened in November 2015. The reopening of the assessment portal serves two purposes: (1) to provide EDs that participated in the original assessment an opportunity to measure their progress in becoming ready for children and (2) to allow fiirst time assessment participants the opportunity to obtain a baseline score regarding the pediatric readiness of their ED.


Please note: The 2009 American Hospital Association Healthcare Dataview was used to identify the EDs participating in this project. According to the most recent data, approximately 5,000 EDs treat children. State specific facility data was distributed to each EMSC State Partnership grantee who in turn verified the accuracy of the data prior to the state's assessment launch. A total of 5,017 hospitals with EDs were assessed in 2013 with 4,150 hospitals responding — an 82.7% response rate.