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Addressing the New Pediatric Readiness Standards at Your Trauma Center
Release and Expiration Dates
Release Date: 08/21/23
Expiration Date: 08/21/2026
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Addressing the New Pediatric Readiness Standards at Your Trauma Center

Program Overview

According to the EMSC website "Children have unique characteristics that require specific care, especially in emergencies. But not all children have access to specialized pediatric care. In fact, 80% of children receive emergency care in general EDs. General EDs primarily treat adults and may not be well-prepared for children because of low pediatric patient volume. In the 2013 NPRP assessment, the median score for EDs was 69 out of 100, and scores increased with increased pediatric patient volume."  Join Lisa Gray and Aaron Jensen to enhance your awareness of the National Pediatric Readiness Project as well as increase your knowledge on how the new ACS-COT Standards will incorporate pediatric readiness to improve pediatric care at all trauma centers.

Estimated completion time:  >60 minutes

Target Audience: TMD, TPM and learners who want to expand anatomy and coding knowledge. 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, the learner should be better able to:
  1. Explain the purpose of the National Pediatric Readiness Project.
  2. Diagram how the new ACS-COT Standards will incorporate pediatric readiness to improve pediatric care at your trauma center.
  3. Describe the responsibilities of a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) and who at your center could potentially fill this role, and how that role can improve pediatric patient care at your center.

Moderator: Kim Wallenstein 
Faculty Presenter: Lisa Gray, Aaron Jensen, Michelle Moegling

Presenter Bio

Lisa Gray is co-lead for the Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) Hospital and Trauma Domains.  She is co-chair of the National Pediatric Readiness Project Steering Committee.  Prior to joining the EIIC, she was the Director of Trauma Services at a Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center. She is a past president of the Pediatric Trauma Society.  In addition, she has over 15 years of pediatric critical care nursing experience.  Her current role is dedicated to ensuring that emergency departments are pediatric ready and have the resources to provide high-quality emergency care for children.

Michelle Moegling, BSN, RN, CPN is a UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Program Coordinator for pediatric readiness across the University Hospitals system.  Prior to this she has twenty plus years’ experience as a staff nurse, educator, and disaster preparedness expert in a Level 1 pediatric trauma center.  She is a senior project manager on ASPR grant, Eastern Great Lakes, Region V for Kids for the past 3 years.  She is a subject matter expert on the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center Disaster Domain, and a co-Nurse lead of the EIIC Hospital Domain.  Michelle is also a subject matter expert on the Pediatric Pandemic Network.  She has worked collaboratively to improve disaster and pediatric preparedness for the care of children and families along with creating a facility recognition tool. She has experience in team science, driving organizational excellence and improving processes and outcomes.

Aaron Jensen is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco, where he maintains a busy clinical practice in pediatric surgery and serves as the Trauma Medical Director at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. He also serves as the Trauma Domain Co-Lead at the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center as well as on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma as the Vice-Chair for Pediatrics for Northern California. His research focuses on quality improvement in pediatric trauma care – particularly as it relates to pediatric readiness at non-pediatric centers and within the overall context of the trauma system. 


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Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CE Credit
1 COP Credit
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