National Assessment of Pediatric Readiness of US Emergency Departments During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Publication date: Jul 03, 2023

The National Pediatric Readiness Project assessment provides a comprehensive evaluation of the readiness of US emergency departments (EDs) to care for children. Increased pediatric readiness has been shown to improve survival for children with critical illness and injury. To complete a third assessment of pediatric readiness of US EDs during the COVID-19 pandemic, to examine changes in pediatric readiness from 2013 to 2021, and to evaluate factors associated with current pediatric readiness. In this survey study, a 92-question web-based open assessment of ED leadership in US hospitals (excluding EDs not open 24 h/d and 7 d/wk) was sent via email. Data were collected from May to August 2021. Weighted pediatric readiness score (WPRS) (range, 0-100, with higher scores indicating higher readiness); adjusted WPRS (ie, normalized to 100 points), calculated excluding points received for presence of a pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC) and quality improvement (QI) plan. Of the 5150 assessments sent to ED leadership, 3647 (70. 8%) responded, representing 14. 1 million annual pediatric ED visits. A total of 3557 responses (97. 5%) contained all scored items and were included in the analysis. The majority of EDs (2895 [81. 4%]) treated fewer than 10 children per day. The median (IQR) WPRS was 69. 5 (59. 0-84. 0). Comparing common data elements from the 2013 and 2021 NPRP assessments demonstrated a reduction in median WPRS (72. 1 vs 70. 5), yet improvements across all domains of readiness were noted except in the administration and coordination domain (ie, PECCs), which significantly decreased. The presence of both PECCs was associated with a higher adjusted median (IQR) WPRS (90. 5 [81. 4-96. 4]) compared with no PECC (74. 2 [66. 2-82. 5]) across all pediatric volume categories (P 

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Concepts Keywords
August Assessment
Email Care
Pandemic Covid
Pediatric Eds


Type Source Name
disease MESH Emergency
disease MESH COVID-19 Pandemic
disease MESH critical illness
disease IDO quality

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