Pediatric Readiness

Pediatric Readiness is a federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) initiative by the Federal Maternal & Child Health Bureau.

This initiative advocates that emergency care providers have access to appropriate pediatric specific capabilities, training, policies and protocols, equipment, supplies and medications. It ensures EMS agencies, emergency departments and other clinical roles are prepared to provide high-quality emergency care for children and respond to disaster situations. The goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality in ill and injured children. 

Each state is required by the Federal Maternal & Child Health Bureau to have a state EMSC program in place and meet federal performance measures. Illinois EMSC was established within the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in 1994. An Illinois EMSC Advisory Board and several committees are in place to assist with these efforts.

OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois receives grant funding from IDPH to develop and maintain resources and lend clinical expertise to a number of medical personnel, which can be found on this webpage.

The purpose of these resources is to assist health care providers and organizations to enhance their pediatric readiness.

In addition, pediatric readiness information and resources are also available on the National EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) website.To find continuing medical education course (CME) options, please visit University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria or TRAIN Illinois online. This training is free and accessible to anyone interested in learning more.