Pediatric Resources

Emergency nursing is an area of specialty practice where the provision of care goes across the lifespan. The delivery of high quality, safe care for pediatric patients in emergency settings will benefit from various resources to assist in the care of our youngest patients.


Best Practices for Improving Flow and Care of Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department
(January, 2015)

This report provides a summary of best practices for improving flow, reducing waiting times, and improving the quality of care of pediatric patients in the emergency department.  

Guidelines for Care of Children in Emergency Departments
A joint policy statement written by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association defines guidelines and resources for Emergency Departments who provide care for children. 

A Guidelines Checklist
A checklist based on these guidelines is provided. Use the checklist to determine if your emergency department is prepared to care for children. 

Patient and Family-Centered Care of Children in the Emergency Department (January, 2015)
This revised technical report draws on previously published policy statements and reports, reviews the current literature, and describes the present state of practice and research regarding patient- and family-centered care for children in the emergency department setting as well as some of the complexities of providing such care.  

Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Concussion Discharge Instructions (Infographic) (March 2017)

Tips for Providing Safe Structure for Pediatric Behavioral Health Patients in the ED (Infographic) (December 2016)

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Improvement and Innovation Center (IIC) 
The EMSC-IIC, or EIIC, focuses on improving outcomes of children presenting for emergency care through quality improvement initiatives. In collaboration with stakeholder organizations and their quality improvement champions, EIIC addresses known gaps in the US healthcare system with a goal to facilitate rapid translation of research into clinical practice.