NVFC issues guidance for EMS and fire departments ahead of Pediatric Readiness Assessment

April 29, 2024
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NVFC releases guidance on pediatric readiness

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has issued comprehensive guidance for fire, EMS, and rescue departments as they prepare to participate in the upcoming pediatric readiness assessment starting on May 1.

This initiative, driven by the National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project (PPRP), aims to evaluate and enhance the pediatric emergency capabilities of departments nationwide.

With many EMS professionals indicating a lack of confidence in pediatric care—departments typically see fewer than eight pediatric cases per month—the assessment provides a crucial benchmarking tool.

Departments participating in the assessment will complete a detailed questionnaire covering seven categories to assess their readiness in pediatric emergencies.

Upon completion, each department will receive a report outlining their performance and areas for improvement compared to national standards.

This process, which takes about 30 minutes, will be available until July 31.

National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project explained

The NVFC’s endorsement of the PPRP underscores the importance of specialized training and resources in improving pediatric emergency responses.

The PPRP, supported by over 15 national organizations and federally funded through the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program, is dedicated to helping EMS and fire-rescue agencies prepare for pediatric emergencies by providing the necessary tools and information.

How to access resources and get involved

To assist departments in preparing for the assessment, the NVFC and PPRP offer various resources, including a preparation checklist and toolkit, accessible through the PPRP’s website.

Departments are also encouraged to contact the PPRP leadership or connect with their state’s EMSC Program Manager for additional support, including local training and workshops tailored to pediatric emergency care.

FSJA Comment

The NVFC’s proactive approach in issuing guidance for the upcoming pediatric readiness assessment reflects a significant commitment to improving pediatric emergency care across the United States.

By participating in this initiative, EMS and fire-rescue agencies can critically evaluate and enhance their preparedness and capabilities in responding to pediatric emergencies.

This effort ensures that children receive the most effective care possible in emergency situations.

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