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

Pediatric Readiness

Who is Behind the Project? 

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). In addition, this project has received the support of such organizations as the Joint Commission and the Hospital Corporation of America.

As the project progressed and initial results were reviewed, these partners quickly identified the need to expand the project’s reach and engage additional organizations and groups. For example:

  • The injured child is often initially cared for in community hospitals. If the injuries are significant, he or she is then transferred to a pediatric trauma center. The need to expand the partnership to include health care professionals from the trauma community was recognized, and these organizations are currently being pursued.

  • A large number of assessment respondents were from rural community hospitals, thus the National Association of Rural Health is now involved in discuss phase two activities.

For more information about the role of each partner, check out the section on Partners.