Emergency Department Readiness

Most sick and injured children seek care at the closest emergency department (ED) in their community. It is critical that all EDs have the appropriate resources and trained staff to provide effective emergency care for children. Is your ED pediatric ready?

The National Pediatric Readiness Assessment is a tool your ED can use to measure your level of pediatric readiness and identify gaps. The assessment includes 57 questions that address areas of the 2009 Joint Policy Statement: Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department, including:

  • Administration and coordination
  • Physicians, nurses and other ED staff
  • Quality improvement/performance improvement in the ED
  • Pediatric patient safety
  • Policies, procedures and protocols
  • Equipment, supplies and medications

After completing the assessment, you will receive a Pediatric Readiness Score and a Gap Analysis Report. This will inform you if your ED has the essential resources in place based upon the nationally recommended guidelines to care for injured or ill children of all ages.  Use the resources below to improve your ED’s pediatric readiness.

Pediatric Weight Conversion Charts

Accurate medication dosing is vital when treating pediatric patients. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises medical providers to weigh pediatric patients in kilograms only to reduce medication dosing errors. Wisconsin EMSC offers paper pediatric weight conversion charts at no cost. Your emergency department can use the charts in a variety of ways.

  • Record patient weight in kilograms before entering into an electronic medical records system.
  • Give parents a copy of the chart with their child’s weight in kilograms.
  • Use the included ring to secure the chart to a scale for weighing pediatric patients.

Please complete the online form to order your free pediatric weight conversion charts today!

Emergency Department Pediatric Readiness Resources

Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department Checklist
Use this checklist to determine if your emergency department is prepared to care for children.

Interfacility Transfer Toolbox
Formalize procedures for transferring pediatric patients to specialized centers for optimal care.

Joint Policy Statement: Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department  | 2018 update
These AAP joint statements outline resources necessary to ensure that EDs are ready to care for children of all ages. 

National Pediatric Readiness Project
Learn about this national, multi-phase quality improvement initiative.

National Pediatric Readiness Toolkit
This toolkit will help you better understand and achieve aspects of pediatric readiness in the emergency deartment.

Patient- and Family-Centered Care Toolbox
Use these resources to ensure that patient and family perspectives, choices, knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care.

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Toolbox
In a disaster, it’s important to have appropriate pediatric equipment and supplies, medical oversight, protocols and guidelines, and training in the care of children.

Pediatric Equipment Toolbox
This toolbox provides the most recent guidelines, resources, position papers and journal articles on pediatric equipment guidelines.

Pediatric Pain Management Toolbox
The assessment and management of pediatric pain can be a real challenge for health care providers. Learn how to better understand, assess and relieve children’s pain in pre-hospital settings.

Pediatric Patient Safety Toolbox
Find pediatric patient safety resources for health care providers and families. 

Hospital Recognition Fact Sheet
Learn how pediatric hospital recognition programs designate and verify a hospital’s capacity to provide care to children.

MIS-C Clinical Pathway
Learn about the MIS-C Clinical Pathway specific for Wisconsin.

COVID-19 and the ED Digital Toolkit
Social media posts and newsletter templates for your ED’s social media accounts.

Pediatric Comfort Kits

Emergency situations can be scary for kids. The Pediatric Comfort Kit contains items to soothe, comfort and distract kids during an emergency. Every emergency response team and emergency department should have a pediatric comfort kit on hand to help kids feel less scared during difficult situations. Request your free Pediatric Comfort Kit today!

Contact Our Staff

 Erica Kane
Program Leader
Emergency Care
(414) 337-4572

Brittany Farrell, MS
Project Manager
Emergency Care
(414) 337-4570

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