Improving pediatric readiness in general emergency departments: A prospective interventional study.

Title

Improving pediatric readiness in general emergency departments: A prospective interventional study.

Creator

Abulebda K;Whitfill T;Montgomery EE;Thomas A;Dudas RA;Leung JS;Scherzer DJ;Aberesold M;Van IWL;Kant S;Walls TA;Sessa AK;Janofsky S;Fenster DB;Kessler DO;Chatfield J;Okada P;Arteaga G M;Berg MD;Knight LJ;Keilman A;Makharashvili A;Good G;Bingham L;Mathias EJ;Nagy K;Hamilton MF;Vora S;Mathias K;Auerbach M A

Publisher

The Journal of Pediatrics

Date

2020
2020-10-30

Description

OBJECTIVE: To describe the impact of a national interventional collaborative on pediatric readiness within General Emergency Departments. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective, multicenter, interventional study measured pediatric readiness in general emergency departments before and after participation in a pediatric readiness improvement intervention. Pediatric readiness was assessed using the weighted pediatric readiness score (WPRS) on a 100-point scale. The study protocol extended over six months and involved three phases: 1) a baseline on-site assessment of pediatric readiness and simulated quality of care, 2) pediatric readiness interventions, and 3) a follow-up on-site assessment of WPRS. The intervention phase included a benchmarking performance report, resources toolkits, and ongoing interactions between general emergency departments and academic medical centers. RESULTS: Thirty-six general emergency departments were enrolled, and 34 (94%) completed the study. Four EDs (11%) were located in Canada, and the rest were in the U.S. The mean improvement in WPRS was 16.3 (p<0.001) from a baseline of 62.4 (SEM=2.2) to 78.7 (SEM=2.1), with significant improvement in the domains of administration/coordination of care; policies, protocol and procedures; and quality improvement. Six EDs (17%) were fully adherent to the protocol timeline. CONCLUSION: Implementing a collaborative intervention model including simulation and quality improvement initiatives is associated with improvement in weighted pediatric readiness scores (WPRS) when disseminated to a diverse group of general emergency departments partnering with their regional pediatric academic medical centers. This work provides evidence that innovative collaboration facilitated by academic medical centers can serve as an effective strategy to improve pediatric readiness and processes of care.

Subject

emergency medicine; EMSC; facility recognition; Pediatric readiness

Format

journalArticle

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ISSN

1097-6833 0022-3476

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of Pediatrics

Update Year & Number

October 2020 List

Affiliated Hospital

Akron Children's Hospital

Citation

Abulebda K;Whitfill T;Montgomery EE;Thomas A;Dudas RA;Leung JS;Scherzer DJ;Aberesold M;Van IWL;Kant S;Walls TA;Sessa AK;Janofsky S;Fenster DB;Kessler DO;Chatfield J;Okada P;Arteaga G M;Berg MD;Knight LJ;Keilman A;Makharashvili A;Good G;Bingham L;Mathias EJ;Nagy K;Hamilton MF;Vora S;Mathias K;Auerbach M A, “Improving pediatric readiness in general emergency departments: A prospective interventional study.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 23, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11330.

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