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


You have landed on this page as part of a link provided in the NEDI-USA survey.

There are currently two separate efforts underway targeting pediatric readiness of emergency departments. While the two efforts may appear similar, the efforts  are led by two different organizations with each project having a different and distinct goal. . Your participation in both  projects will contribute to the improvement of emergency care for children across all U.S. emergency departments (EDs). We encourage you to review the chart below to better understand how each of these efforts can benefit you and your emergency department.  

However, we’d like to clarify the differences between the two:


National Emergency Department Inventory (NEDI)-USA

 Joint National Pediatric Readiness Project Assessment

Sponsoring Organization


Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet), based at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston




Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

Goal of Survey

To better understand the nature of U.S. emergency departments (ED) in order to perform health policy research on U.S. emergency care and to upgrade their existing app, EMNet findERnow

To ensure all U.S. and territory Emergency Departments (ED) have appropriate resources to provide high quality emergency care to children. 

The NPRP is a national quality improvement effort supported by Health Services Resource Administration’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. The initiative is based on the 2018 Joint Policy Statement "Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department" co-authored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurse Association.  The National Pediatric Assessment aids a participating hospital to  identify pediatric ED specific gaps, benchmark with similar facilities as well as follow improvement over time.   The National Pediatric Readiness Project Toolkit provides resources to assist in addressing identified gaps in pediatric readiness.

Key Attributes

1.  Nine questions addressing the following areas:

  • Pediatric patient volume,
  • Emergency department (ED) configuration
  • Presence of a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator
  • Telemedicine Services: the use of technology for remote clinical diagnostic and treatment services

2. A factsheet will be provided.  Additional details can be included by EmNet or R Baby.


        1. A 43-question comprehensive  assessment addressing the following areas from the 2018 Joint Policy Statement:

        • Administration and Coordination
        • Physicians, Nurses, and Other ED Staff
        • Quality/Process Improvement in the ED
        • Pediatric Patient Safety
        • Policies, Procedures, and Protocols
        • Equipment, Supplies, and Medications

        2. Immediate feedback in the form of a Pediatric Readiness Score and a Gap Analysis Report

        3. Free access to our Pediatric Readiness Resource Toolkit to help your ED understand your score and improve the care of children in your ED.

          Link to Survey

          To review this survey, continue here

          To review the current assessment, continue here

          Open Dates

          Open as of January 2019

          Originally launched in 2013, the assessment was closed October 1, 2018. The assessment will be re-launched in January 2020 updated based on the 2018 joint policy statement.

          Funding Source


          R Baby Foundation, a private foundation established in 2006 with the mission of promoting quality of care and service through supporting education, research, treatment, training and life-saving equipment.

          For additional information, please visit the Emergency Medicine Network.


           The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

          For additional information, please visit the National Pediatric Readiness Project.