Pediatric Readiness Resources

Pediatric Readiness Resources


The Pediatric Readiness Resource Toolkit is designed to help your emergency department (ED) understand the Pediatric Readiness assessment score and support your use of the assessment to successfully improve the care of children in your ED.  Created by the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center and the Pediatric Readiness Resource Development Working Group, this toolkit is available for all EDs to use free of charge.

The toolkit focuses on the main areas of ED readiness to care for children (the Pediatric Readiness Project's key assessment areas) and can be used by a variety of individuals, including emergency physicians and nurses, ED directors, quality or performance improvement directors, clinical nurse educators, hospital administrators, and state. EMS directors.

Guidelines for Administration and Coordination of the ED for the Care of Children

This section contains resources regarding the qualifications and responsibilities for the physician coordinator and nursing coordinator staffing your emergency department (ED).


This section includes additional resources the Pediatric Readiness Resource Development Working Group thought would be valuable to hospitals working towards improving pediatric emergency care.

Policy Statements

This section contains policy statements that reflect the position of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) on issues related to the care of children. The most current ACEP policy statements can be found at The most current AAP and ENA policies can be found at and, respectively.

Guidelines for Improving Pediatric Patient Safety in the ED

This section contains resources regarding the delivery of pediatric care in your emergency department that reflects an awareness of unique pediatric patient safety concerns.

Physicians, Nurses, and Other Health Care Providers Who Staff the ED

This section contains resources regarding the necessary skills, knowledge, and training in emergency evaluation and treatment of children of all ages among staff in your emergency department (ED).

Guidelines for Policies, Procedures, and Protocols for the ED

The sample policies in this section are based on actual policies currently in use in emergency departments around the country. They provide a good starting point based on the Guidelines and can be used as a template for the development of policies for other emergency departments. You may customize any of the template documents to meet your facility’s individual needs.

PromotionAll-Hazard Disaster Preparedness

Checklist of Essential Pediatric Domains and Considerations for Every Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Policies(Note that two versions of the checklist are available: an interactive pdf for use on desktop and laptop computers and a static, printable pdf for tablet devices. (2014)

PromotionInterfacility Transfer

Inter Facility Transfer Tool Kit(To take advantage of the product's interactive features, allow it to open in full screen mode.) Also available for download is the Inter Facility Transfer Tool Kit promotional flyer for distribution to hospitals and other key stakeholders.)

Guidelines for QI/PI in the ED

This section contains resources regarding the integration of pediatric patient care-review processes into the Quality Improvement (QI)/Performance Improvement (PI) plan of your emergency department (ED).

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