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Prehospital Pediatric Readiness

The National Assessment for Prehospital Pediatric Readiness (PPRP) is open! 

Pediatric incidents account for approximately 10% of all prehospital calls. The limited frequency of pediatric interactions results in clinicians being less familiar with – and often less confident in – providing pediatric care. Assessing current readiness and utilizing available resources to improve training, knowledge, equipment, policies, and clinician confidence is likely to increase readiness.

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What is prehospital pediatric readiness?

  • EMS and fire-rescue agencies that are pediatric ready are trained, equipped, and prepared to provide high-quality emergency care for children in accordance with national recommendations.

Why is pediatric readiness so important?

  • While the majority of EMS and fire-rescue agencies provide emergency care to children, pediatric calls are rare for most agencies. Many EMS clinicians describe taking care of children as “scary.” Being “peds ready” can reduce anxiety and increase confidence. Research suggests it may also improve outcomes.

How can you know how prepared your agency is?

  • The Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project (PPRP) has created an assessment tool designed to provide your agency with practical, usable information to understand how ready you are to care for children.

What will you get from taking the assessment?

  • The information you learn can help you become more competent, comfortable, and confident in taking care of children.

What should you expect in the assessment and how can you prepare?

  • There are two key steps in understanding how prepared your agency is to provide appropriate care for children, outlined below.

Learn more, share information using pre-made material, and participate now!

 

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