Pediatric Readiness means that an Emergency Department has the processes, staff, and equipment to treat children, including the ability to recognize when a child may need more specialized care.
Caregivers, in a perceived emergency, are more likely to stop at the first large building they encounter with a red “Emergency” sign outside the driveway.
In the United States, most children receive their emergency department (ED) care in nonchildren’s hospitals.
Optimally all hospitals have the resources to care for children of all ages.
The assessment tool was designed to assist hospitals to self-measure levels of pediatric equipment availability, coordination of pediatric emergency care issues, as well as the availability of essential policies for children in emergency departments.
Hospitals were scored, on a 100 point scale, in 6 Main Areas related to the Care of Children in their Emergency Department:
- Administration and Coordination
- Physicians, Nurses, and Other Health Providers Staffing the ED
- Quality Improvement and/or Process Improvement for the ED
- Pediatric Patient Safety in the ED
- Policies, Procedures, and Protocols for the ED
- Equipment, Supplies, and Medications for the Care of Children