Comprehensive Assessment of Pediatric Prehospital Care Now Available

Pediatric readiness concept with teddy bear on chair and medical equipment on another chair next to itWhile the majority of EMS and fire-rescue agencies provide emergency care to children, pediatric calls are rare. Since many agencies see fewer than eight pediatric patients per month, EMS clinicians often don’t feel comfortable or confident when caring for children. Pediatric readiness can reduce anxiety and increase confidence, and research suggests it may also improve outcomes. But what is pediatric readiness, and how do you know if your agency is really ready to take care of children?

The National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project has launched an online assessment that can answer these questions and more. The goal of this national project is to improve prehospital care for acutely ill and injured children, which translates into EMS and fire-rescue agencies being trained, equipped, and prepared in accordance with national recommendations.

The assessment includes seven categories of in-depth questions designed to provide every EMS and fire-rescue agency with an objective picture of their current pediatric readiness and identify areas for improvement. After completing the 30-minute assessment, all respondents will receive a detailed report describing any gaps and benchmarking information.

To learn more and complete the assessment:

About the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project
The National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project (PPRP) is a federally funded initiative of the EMSC Program in collaboration with 30 national organizations, federal partners, and experts. It empowers EMS and fire-rescue agencies that respond to public 911 calls to improve their “pediatric readiness” or capability to care for acutely ill and injured children. The PPRP provides EMS and fire-rescue agencies with free and open-access tools and resources for improvement. Learn more at https:/