Project Description Narrative:
Wisconsin has 129 emergency departments (ED) that treat community members statewide. When children are ill or injured, parents and caregivers typically seek care at the closest ED. While convenient, the closest ED may not be optimally equipped or resourced to care for children.
Professional organizations have developed national guidelines that define readiness to provide high-quality pediatric emergency care, and an ED's ability to meet these guidelines can be objectively measured by the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment. Overall in Wisconsin, community EDs' Pediatric Readiness score averaged 66.25 out of 100, with some ED's scoring as low as 30.
Through this award, project partners aim to develop, test, and refine a Pediatric Readiness Implementation Guide founded on criteria established by the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment to support community ED's in providing quality, evidence-based pediatric, emergency care.
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, American Academy of Pediatrics-Wisconsin Chapter, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Office of Preparedness and Emergency Health Care