What Is the National Pediatric Readiness Project?

The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that all U.S. emergency departments (ED) have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. The first phase of this project, a national assessment of EDs' readiness to care for children, was completed in July 2013.

The assessment is based on the following areas of the Joint Policy Statement: Guidelines for the Care of Children in the Emergency Department (published in Pediatrics, October 2009 and Annals of Emergency Medicine, October 2009): 

  • Administration and Coordination;

  • Physicians, Nurses, and Other ED Staff;

  • QI/PI in the Emergency Department (ED);

  • Pediatric Patient Safety;

  • Policies, Procedures, and Protocols; and

  • Equipment, Supplies, and Medications

The primary purpose of this project is three-fold: (1) to establish a composite baseline of the nation's capacity to provide care to children in the ED,  (2) to create a foundation for EDs to engage in an ongoing quality improvement process that includes implementing the Guidelines for the Care of Children in the Emergency Department and (3) to establish a benchmark that measures an ED's improvement overtime.

The resources available through this website are developed to help EDs address areas needing improvement based on the feedback provided by the national assessment. The list of resources will grow as more needs are identified during phase one of the project.

Note that the Guidelines for the Care of Children in the Emergency Department was authored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association, and endorsed by 22 national organizations, including The Joint Commission.