The percentage of EMS agencies in the state or territory that have a designated individual who coordinates pediatric emergency care.
Goal for Performance Measure by 2020
90% of EMS agencies in the state or territory have a designated individual who coordinates pediatric emergency care.
Why This Measure Matters
The Institute of Medicine recommends that all EMS agencies and Emergency Departments have an individual in charge of organizing pediatric education improvement initiatives, as it has been shown that the presence of a pediatric emergency care coordinator (or PECC) has been associated with improved pediatric readiness in Emergency Departments.
Some roles that the PECC may have that promote the health of children include promoting family-centered care, ensuring the consideration of pediatric populations in new protocols and policies, and advocating for pediatric resources.