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National Pediatric Readiness


The National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that all U.S. emergency departments have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children.

The NPRP includes a national assessment of America’s EDs to determine progress in pediatric readiness, identify existing gaps, and provide a baseline for QI programs in hospital EDs around the country.

The NPRP assessment was first conducted in 2013 and again in 2021. Colorado and Louisiana administered the 2021 assessment in September through November of 2020 as pilot states. Colorado's 2020 NPRP data is linked below.


To establish a composite baseline of the nation’s capacity to provide care to children in the ED.

Purpose of the NPRP


To create a foundation for EDs to engage in an ongoing Quality Improvement process that includes implementing the Guidelines for the Care of Children in the ED.


To establish a benchmark that measures an ED’s improvement over time.

2020 Colorado Data (63 hospitals)
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Colorado was one of two pilot states for the 2021 NPRP assessment. All other states completed the assessment in September of 2021. 

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