This article has been reviewed according to Science X's editorial process and policies. Editors have highlighted the following attributes while ensuring the content's credibility:


peer-reviewed publication

reputable news agency


Improvement seen in most domains of readiness in U.S. pediatric EDs

Improvement seen in most domains of readiness in U.S. pediatric EDs

From 2013 to 2021, there was improvement in almost all domains of readiness of U.S. emergency departments to care for children, according to a study published online July 7 in JAMA Network Open.

Katherine E. Remick, M.D., from the University of Texas at Austin, and colleagues completed a third of pediatric of U.S. emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic to examine changes in pediatric readiness from 2013 to 2021 and evaluated factors associated with readiness. The analysis included 3,557 responses to a 92-question web-based open assessment of emergency department leadership in U.S. hospitals.

The researchers found that the median weighted pediatric readiness score (WPRS) was 69.5. Comparing common data elements from the assessments conducted in 2013 and 2021 demonstrated a reduction in median WPRS from 72.1 to 70.5, respectively, but improvement was noted across all domains of readiness except in the administration and coordination , which had a significant decrease.

Across all pediatric volume categories, the presence of a pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC) correlated with a higher adjusted median WPRS compared with no PECC (90.5 versus 74.2). A full pediatric quality improvement plan versus no plan and staffing with board-certified emergency medicine and/or pediatric emergency medicine physicians versus none were also associated with higher pediatric readiness (adjusted median WPRS: 89.8 versus 65.1 and 71.5 versus 62.0, respectively).

"These represent an updated report of the state of pediatric readiness in our nation's emergency departments during a global pandemic and demonstrate high engagement of emergency department leadership," the authors write.

More information: Katherine E. Remick et al, National Assessment of Pediatric Readiness of US Emergency Departments During the COVID-19 Pandemic, JAMA Network Open (2023). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.21707

Journal information: JAMA Network Open

Copyright © 2023 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Improvement seen in most domains of readiness in U.S. pediatric EDs (2023, July 17) retrieved 10 December 2023 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Adopting pediatric readiness standards found to improve survival in hospital emergency departments


Feedback to editors