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Pediatric Readiness

Results and Findings


    State Results

    State- and territory-specific information is available here regarding the overall 2013-14 assessment response rate and the median pediatric readiness score. Also available is a list of the National Pediatric Readiness State Team members.

    Key Assessment Findings

    On April 13, 2015, the first manuscript addressing key findings from the 2013-14 Peds Ready assessment was published online in JAMA Pediatrics (see “National Assessment of Pediatric Readiness of Emergency Departments"). A few important data points highlighted in the article are discussed here.

    National Results

    National results are available for the overall 2013-14 median Pediatric Readiness Score and median Pediatric Readiness Score for emergency departments by patient volume.

    Peds Ready Manuscripts

    Information and findings from the National Pediatric Readiness Project assessment of more than 4,000 U.S. emergency departments have been published in numerous journals. Click here to access the latest list of journal articles.

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    Disaster Preparedness

    Of the 4,146 emergency departments (ED) that participated in the 2013 National Pediatric Readiness assessment, only 47% responded that they have a disaster preparedness plan in place that addressed the unique needs of children. This is of great concern considering that children have unique, often complex physiological, psychosocial and psychological needs that differ from an adult, especially during disaster situations. Unfortunately, children more often than not are involved when disasters occur.

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    Overall Peds Ready Scores

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