Despite the enormous effort employed to promote pediatric readiness, previous studies confirm that there is still much work to be done. Focusing on a few specific areas of pediatric readiness could make a significant difference in the ability of EDs to care for children. With few hospitals being aware of the national guidelines for pediatric readiness, this is a clear first step. As the healthcare system struggles to find a balance between overcrowding and underfunding, quality improvement plans that target pediatric-specific needs must be in place. A number of resources are available to assist in pediatric readiness.
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