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ACUTE CARE, INC. supports the National Pediatric Readiness (NPRP) and the NPRP Assessment

ACUTE CARE, INC. supports the National Pediatric Readiness (NPRP) and the NPRP Assessment. The project is also supported by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Nurses Association, the Federal Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children Program, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that all U.S. emergency departments have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children.
The NPRP Assessment is a national assessment of America’s EDs to determine progress in pediatric readiness, identify existing gaps, promote quality improvement (QI) efforts in hospital EDs around the country, develop national collaboratives to address common and critical gaps, and identify best practices.
The NPRP assessment helps ED personnel to become better prepared to provide quality care for all patients of all ages by evaluating the QI process of EDs over time. Hospitals with high ED readiness scores demonstrate a 4-fold lower rate of mortality for children with critical illness than those with lower readiness scores; thus, improving pediatric readiness improves children and their families’ outcomes.
A background briefing is available here.
The project’s website is
Paul Hudson, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer