Author: Kathleen Brown, MD – Children’s National Health System
In April 2015, the first manuscript addressing key findings from the 2013-14 National Pediatric Readiness (Peds Ready) assessment was published online in JAMA Pediatrics. A few important data points highlighted in the article included:
- The presence of a physician and nurse pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC) was associated with a higher adjusted median Pediatric Readiness score compare with no PECC.
- Only 47% of responding facilities had included pediatric specific considerations into their hospital disaster plans. Even those facilities where children are frequently cared for had opportunities to improve their disaster preparedness.
- Only 45% of hospital emergency departments (ED) reported having a pediatric care review process and only 58% of respondents had defined pediatric quality indicators.
According to the JAMA article by Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, “The presence of physician and nurse PECCs was associated with a higher adjusted median pediatric readiness scores (82.2) compared with no PECC (66.5) across all pediatric volume categories. The presence of PECCs increased the likelihood of having all the recommended components, including a pediatric quality improvement process.”