U.S. emergency departments (EDs) are more prepared to care for children than they were 10 years ago, yet additional efforts are needed to ensure every child has the right care at the right place at the right time.

The National Pediatric Readiness Project conducted a national assessment of ED readiness for children as measured by compliance with Guidelines to Care for Children in the Emergency Department. The guidelines were developed in 2009 by the Academy, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and have been endorsed by 22 other organizations.

The web-based assessment of 4,137 EDs (representing nearly 83% of all U.S. EDs) showed the average pediatric readiness score increased to nearly 70 out of 100 in 2013 compared to a median score of 55 in a 2003 survey (Gausche-Hill M, et al. JAMA Pediatr. April 13, 2015, http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2214165).

The national assessment...

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