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 email@example.com.
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:
Please help spread the word regarding this initiative!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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!
Pediatric Emergency Core Topics
Head Injury PECARN Rules:
Illinois EMSC Head Injury Information:
News & Announcements
2/15/19: The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is accepting nominations for the Pediatric Readiness Improvement Award, which recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated outstanding efforts to improve readiness in caring for children in the emergency care setting. Deadline is Feb. 20, 2019 at noon CST. Learn More
11/28/18: “Clinical Practice Guidelines Outline Use of Intravenous Fluids for Children,” AAP. Read Now
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.
Unfamiliar Pediatrics: A Closer Look at Trauma & Non-Accidental Trauma
By: EMLRC Online
Accredited by: FEMS | CAPCE
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to list your educational opportunity.