Pediatric Readiness

Pediatric Readiness

MEDIC is leading a one-year collaborative pilot program focused on improving pediatric readiness in emergency departments (EDs) across Michigan. Collaborators include Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) partners within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and our colleagues in the Michigan Trauma Quality Improvement Collaborative (MTQIP), a trauma care-focused Collaborative Quality Initiative (CQI). The long-term goal of this work is to ensure all EDs are equipped with the essential resources & are sufficiently prepared to deliver high-quality emergency care to sick  and injured children, ultimately elevating the standard of pediatric care in EDs across Michigan.

Research has shown high pediatric readiness in EDs – scoring >87 points on the National Pediatric Readiness Project Assessment – improves outcomes for children. Michigan EDs interested in participating in this work should reach out to Catie Guarnaccia at 

 Pediatric Readiness Pilot Program Materials

Key References

  • Ames SG, et al. Emergency Department Pediatric Readiness and Mortality in Critically Ill Children. Pediatrics. 2019;144(3).
  • Moore B, et al. Pediatrics/Policy Statement: Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Medical Services Systems. Ann Emerg Med. 2020;75:e1-e6.
  • Newgard CD, et al. Association of Emergency Department Pediatric Readiness With Mortality to 1 Year Among Injured Children Treated at Trauma Centers. JAMA Surg. 2022;157(4).
  • Newgard CD, et al. Emergency Department Pediatric Readiness and Short-term and Long-term Mortality Among Children Receiving Emergency Care. JAMA Network Open. 2023;6(1).
  • Pilkey D, et al. Pediatric Readiness in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Departments. The Journal of Rural Health. 2019;35:480-489.
  • Remick KE, et al. National Assessment of Pediatric Readiness of US Emergency Departments During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Network Open. 2023;6(7).
  • Whitfill TM, et al. Statewide Pediatric Facility Recognition Programs and Their Association with Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Departments in the United States. J Pediatr. 2020;218:210-6.