Category Archives: Policy & Advocacy

Stay abreast of the most up to date policies and advocacy topics in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Pediatric Readiness Project in the news

Author: Kathleen Brown, MD – Children’s National Health System

It is with great excitement that we announce the first paper from the National Pediatric Readiness (Peds Ready) Project was released online today, April 13, and will be released in print in the near future. Authored by Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, the online article, “A National Assessment of Pediatric Readiness of Emergency Departments,” appears in JAMA Pediatrics, along with an editorial by Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, and Evaline Alessandrini MD, MSCE. (Please note the EMSC National Resource Center is hoping to secure grantees “open access” to the full article. More information will be forthcoming.) read more

Will legalizing marijuana increase the burden on the Pediatric Emergency Department?

Some states have already legalized marijuana and others are likely to follow.  This is a hot topic of discussion in Washington DC.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently reaffirmed its position on keeping marijuana illegal “http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Reaffirms-Opposition-to-Legalizing-Marijuana-for-Recreational-or-Medical-Use.aspx“, while the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has a more tolerant view on this subject by suggesting that a more responsible use of marijuana might be expected if legalization were to be considered, as suggested in the the article here: “http://www.acepnow.com/article/legalizing-marijuana-will-make-safer/ read more