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Florida PEDReady Program

Partnering with Florida EDs and EMS Agencies in the Care of Ill and Injured Children

Caring for children in the emergency department (ED) can be challenging due to a wide range of ages and disease states or injuries that differ from adults. The goal of Florida PEDReady is to enhance pediatric emergency care, “readiness” and preparation in Florida EDs.

This webpage will host FL PEDReady and EMS information, free resources and educational opportunities. Please let us know if there are pediatric resources or announcements you would like added by emailing pedready@jax.ufl.edu.

Pediatric Communication Cards 2018

Now available in Spanish!


About Florida PEDReady


Enhancing the pediatric readiness of EDs and EMS to care for children is important to improve quality of care and outcomes for ill or injured children. To achieve this goal, the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) EMS for Children (EMSC) Program and the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association to support a quality improvement collaborative.

At the state level, Florida EMSC named the collaborative Florida PEDReady. Florida EMSC is collaborating with EMLRC to host the Florida PEDReady website and to disseminate resources and educational opportunities. The Florida PEDReady program aims to collaborate with other pediatric, emergency, EMS, trauma, rural and hospital stakeholders.

Florida PEDReady will primarily focus on nonchildren’s hospitals and EMS agencies, especially in rural areas. Nationally, the majority (80-85%) of children and adolescents access emergency care in nonpediatric facilities and have different clinical presentations and needs compared to adults.

Florida is the 3rd most populous state in the US and 20% of Floridians are children < 18 years of age. Our state has approximately 213 hospitals with EDs, 22+ free standing EDs and 17 children’s hospitals compared to other states that may only have 1-2 children’s hospitals. Access or transfer to pediatric care is usually easily accommodated by our children’s hospitals, burn and trauma centers, although certain areas of the state have a paucity of EDs and pediatric resources. According to FloridaHealthFinder.gov (AHCA), in 2016, there were 8,858,561 ED visits (including 540,211 offsite/freestanding) with children 0-17 years of age accounting for 1,995,712 or 22% of those visits! Unintentional injury followed by malignancy, homicide and suicide are the leading causes of death in Florida’s children over one year of age.

A Florida PEDReady needs assessment survey was conducted in 2018. Summary findings include:

  • Pediatric equipment: most significant challenges include keeping the correct equipment or size stocked and knowing the most current pediatric equipment available on the market
  • Medications: most challenging pediatric medications are vasopressor drips and emergency airway medications
  • Educational topics: top educational needs are neonatal emergencies, pediatric trauma and burns
  • Transport: most significant transport problems are delays in transport service arrival after facility acceptance
  • Toolkit materials: requested toolkit components focused on pediatric medication dosing, PALS, and pediatric equipment

Please help spread the word regarding this initiative!

Get Involved

To join the FL PEDReady collaborative, please submit the names and contact information of two (2) pediatric ED or EMS champions and your facility/agency name to pedready@jax.ufl.edu.

The responsibilities of the champions include voluntarily:

Benefits & Forthcoming Initiatives:

The Florida PEDReady website is full of information, resources and upcoming courses submitted by pediatric champions.

For EDs, a PEDReady Resource Bag is available upon request. EMS version coming soon!

Ask a PEDReady question: Have a question about protocols or equipment? Send it in! ED and EMS medical directors and others can now email a pediatric question to pedready@jax.ufl.edu. The question will be answered by the Florida EMSC Advisory Committee, the EMSC Medical Director and the FCEP Pediatric Committee. (Please note that we can discuss cases in general but cannot give specific patient advice.)

Coming soon: Florida PEDReady Pe2arl of the Week: Pediatric Emergency Education, Advances, Resources and Literature!

National & State Partners

Pediatric Emergency Core Topics

Child Abuse
Death of a Child
Injury Prevention
Pain Management and Procedural Sedation
Poisonings and Toxicology
Transfer Information

Pediatric Resources

News & Announcements

12/7/18: There are 30 scholarships available for the Intubation Rodeo on January 19, 2019, which focuses on strengthening skills for difficult intubation patients, including pediatric patients. Learn more and apply now!

11/28/18: “Clinical Practice Guidelines Outline Use of Intravenous Fluids for Children,” AAP. Read Now

11/28/18: Assess the pediatric readiness of your ED with ACEP’s PEM Education LIVE activity. Learn More

11/27/18: “Pediatric Alternative Airways: What You Need to Know and Where to Find It,” EMS World. Read Now

11/01/18: The 2009 Pediatric Guidelines for Emergency Departments have been updated. Read them here.

Educational Opportunities

EMSC Webinar: “Prehospital Medication Dosing Errors”
December 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm EST
Accredited by: CAPCE
Learn More

Unfamiliar Pediatrics: A Closer Look at Trauma & Non-Accidental Trauma
By: EMLRC Online
Accredited by: FEMS | CAPCE
Access Now

Contact pedready@jax.ufl.edu to list your educational opportunity.