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LA BioMed investigators lead first survey to determine hospital EDs' pediatric readiness
Date:1/4/2012

ergency care for children. Based on this report, in 2009 national guidelines were developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association and supported by 22 other national and professional organizations "Guidelines for the Care of Children in the Emergency Department" that outlined the tools and resources necessary to care for children of all ages, including medical supplies, health care personnel, administrative coordinators, patient safety initiatives, pediatric protocols, and quality improvement processes.

The current survey will assess pediatric readiness in the following areas:

  • Administration/Coordination of Emergency Department
  • Personnel in Emergency Department (i.e. physicians, nurses, health care providers)
  • Quality Improvement and Process Improvement in the Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Patient Safety
  • Development of Policies, Procedures and Protocols (i.e. how to deal with the death of a child, mental health issues, etc.)
  • Support Services (i.e. laboratory and radiology capabilities)
  • Equipment, Supplies and Medication

Drs. Gausche-Hill and Remick are working in conjunction with numerous agencies on this project, including the National ESMC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC), the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as well as a number of local emergency medical services agencies who are providing support by coordinating with local hospitals in their region.


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Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)
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