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Welcome to Florida PEDReady

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 and EMS agencies.

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.

Does your team have a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC)? Learn about this important role here.

About Florida PEDReady


Enhancing the pediatric readiness of EDs and EMS agencies 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
EMSC Performance Measures & State Plan Objectives

Pediatric Emergency Core Topics

Child Abuse
Death of a Child
EMS (Guidelines, Equipment, Safety, Transport)
Injury Prevention
Pain Management & Procedural Sedation
Poisonings & Toxicology
Transfer Information

Pediatric Resources


Pediatric Emergency ABC’s & More

Find the basic information you need to manage a pediatric emergency in one place with this resource.

Educational Opportunities

NAEMT EMS Safety Course
By: TraumaOne Flight Services
September 24, 2019 | 8:30-4:30 pm | Jacksonville, FL
Flyer | Register

NAEMT Emergency Pediatric Care Course
By: TraumaOne Flight Services
September 30 & October 3, 2019 | 8:30-4:30 pm | Jacksonville, FL
Flyer | Register

Children’s Disaster Services Workshop
By: Children’s Disaster Services
October 11-12, 2019 | Tampa, FL
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NAEMT Principles of Ethics & Personal Leadership Course
By: TraumaOne Flight Services
November 6-7, 2019 | 8:30-4:30 pm | St. Augustine, FL
Flyer | Register

Pediatric Care After Resuscitation (PCAR) Course
Dec 2-3, 2019 | Jacksonville, FL
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.