Readiness Toolkit

The Pediatric Readiness Resource Toolkit is designed to help your emergency department (ED) understand the Pediatric Readiness assessment score and support your use of the assessment to successfully improve the care of children in your ED.  Created by the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center and the Pediatric Readiness Resource Development Working Group, this toolkit is available for all EDs to use free of charge.

The toolkit focuses on the main areas of ED readiness to care for children (the Pediatric Readiness Project's key assessment areas) and can be used by a variety of individuals, including emergency physicians and nurses, ED directors, quality or performance improvement directors, clinical nurse educators, hospital administrators, and state EMS directors.

In This Section:

Guidelines for Improving Pediatric Patient Safety in the ED

This section contains resources regarding the delivery of pediatric care in your emergency department that reflects an awareness of unique pediatric patient safety concerns.

Guidelines for Administration and Coordination of the ED for the Care of Children

This section contains resources regarding the qualifications and responsibilities for the physician coordinator and nursing coordinator staffing your emergency department (ED).

Physicians, Nurses, and Other Health Care Providers Who Staff the ED

This section contains resources regarding the necessary skills, knowledge, and training in emergency evaluation and treatment of children of all ages among staff in your emergency department (ED).

Guidelines for Policies, Procedures, and Protocols for the ED

The sample policies in this section are based on actual policies currently in use in emergency departments around the country.

Guidelines for QI/PI in the ED

This section contains resources regarding the integration of pediatric patient care-review processes into the Quality Improvement (QI)/Performance Improvement  (PI) plan of your emergency department (ED).

Guidelines for Equipment, Supplies, and Medications for the Care of Pediatric Patients in the ED

This section contains a checklist of all the pediatric equipment, supplies, and medications necessary to care for children of all ages and sizes.

Library

This section includes additional resources the Pediatric Readiness Resource Development Working Group thought would be valuable to hospitals working towards improving pediatric emergency care.