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

The Federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program recently released an infographic based on data from the National Pediatric Readiness Project assessment. The infographic states the importance of weighing children and recording the weight in kilograms, based on a patient safety recommendation from the “Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department.1

In its report Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains, the Institute of Medicine also highlighted the need for physicians and other practitioners to weigh children and to record the weight in kilograms only.2 However, the Pediatric Readiness assessment revealed that half the hospitals in the nation do not weigh and record in kilograms. This simple patient safely initiative has been recognized as one of the most important to prevent drug-dosing errors and is one of the top 15 national hospital-based pediatric emergency care performance measures.3

The National Pediatric Readiness electronic assessment was conducted from January to August 2013 by organizations that are leading a quality improvement initiative to further enhance pediatric readiness in emergency departments. The organizations are the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the Health Resources and Service Administration’s EMSC Program.

EMSC National Resource Center team

For more information, click on the link below: http://www.pediatricreadiness.org/About_PRP/ PRP- PEDIATRIC READINESS PROJECT


1. American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Care of children in the emergency department: guidelines for preparedness. Ann Emerg Med. April 2001;37:423-427.

2. Institute of Medicine, Committee of the Future of Emergency Care in the US Health System. Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 2006.

3. Alessandrini EA, Knapp J. Measuring quality in pediatric emergency care. Clin Pediatr Emerg Med. 2014;12:102-112. Also see “Emergency Department Pediatric Performance Measures” Toolbox at http://emscimprovement.center/resources.html

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