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Prehospital readiness project allows fire, EMS agencies to evaluate their pediatric care

Emergency Medical Service for Children Program offers agencies to conduct an in-depth assessment of their pediatric readiness


EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center

By Bill Carey

AUSTIN, Texas — The National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project is providing complimentary tools and resources to assist EMS and fire-rescue agencies in preparing for pediatric emergencies.

This initiative includes a comprehensive online assessment starting on May 1. The evaluation covers seven categories with detailed questions providing each agency a clear overview of their current pediatric preparedness and highlighting areas that need enhancement.

The assessment, which takes about 30 minutes to complete, will culminate in a detailed report for participants outlining any deficiencies and providing benchmarking data. Agencies have until July 31 to finish this assessment.

To learn more about the assessment:

Access a checklist and toolkit to help you prepare

Register to join a free webinar on Tuesday, April 23 at 1 p.m. ET, “How Ready Is Your Agency to Provide Pediatric Care? Build Your Clinicians’ Confidence When Treating Children,” featuring representatives from the EMS for Children Program

● Contact the project’s leadership team at or connect with your state’s EMSC Program Manager to see what local resources may be available to support you, including workshops, training and other assistance

The National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project is a federally funded initiative of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program in collaboration with 30 national organizations, federal partners, and experts.