ACEP has provided the following information to MOCEP, and we encourage you to participate in these initiatives. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Loren Rives at ACEP, or Dr. Madeline Joseph or Dr. Kathleen Brown who serve as the ACEP Liaisons on the EIIC Advisory Board with any questions or clarifications.
As you know, enhancing the pediatric readiness of the nation’s emergency departments (EDs) to care for children is of utmost importance to improve the quality of care and outcomes for ill or injured children. To achieve this goal, the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) EMS for Children (EMSC) Program and the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) have partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association to support a pediatric quality improvement collaborative. The collaborative began in April 2016 and efforts will be ongoing. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia are actively participating in the collaborative to promote pediatric readiness efforts at the state level. These states include: CO, CT, FL, IN, KS, KY, MI, NM, NY, OK, PA, SC, and TX. The goal of the collaborative is to work with existing emergency care systems to improve and encourage pediatric readiness based on compliance with the 2009 joint policy statement, “Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department.”
In 2013, the National Pediatric Readiness Project (www.pediatricreadiness.org) provided a baseline assessment of the nation’s capacity to care for children in an emergency. This assessment identified that the majority of children are cared for in community and rural emergency departments rather than specialized hospitals such as children’s hospitals. Furthermore, it was noted that, the readiness of these institutions to care for the emergency needs of children varied greatly (www.pedsready.org). Pediatric readiness programs assist state and territory-specific teams in working closely with stakeholders to identify criteria and characteristics, and to supply resources such as policies, procedures, and equipment, to best meet the needs of children within their own state or territory.
For your review, we are including the link to the current Joint Policy Statement—Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department. In addition, there is great deal of information and resources for your use in promoting Pediatric Readiness in your state’s emergency departments on the EIIC website and the National Pediatric Readiness Project under hospital domain at https://emscimprovement.center/.