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ACEP Applauds Creation of New Quality Improvement Center for Emergency Care of Children
Jul 7, 2016

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2016/ —The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), a long supporter of the now-defunct Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center (EMSC NRC), applauds the creation of its replacement, the newly organized Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC).

“Emergency physicians treat 27 million children every year in our emergency departments and have long been leading proponents of continuously improving their care,” said ACEP’s president, Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP.  “We enthusiastically support all efforts, especially those supported by research, to develop and implement quality improvement strategies for the emergency care of children.”

As part of the federal government’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the EIIC will work collaboratively with teams across the nation to focus efforts on quality improvement projects and initiatives to ensure every child has access to optimal pediatric urgent and emergency care no matter where they live or travel. Teams at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine will collaborate with partners at the Emergency Nurses Association, the National Association of State EMS Officials, the American Academy of Pediatrics and ACEP. They will use a clinical systems integration framework to provide the emergency care community with the training, support and tools to use quality improvement methodology in order to reduce morbidity and mortality in children.

Two specific examples of activities aimed at accomplishing this goal include the establishment of a National Pediatric Emergency Department Facility Recognition Program for all states, and enhancement of pediatric readiness through child specific equipment, training and systems improvement targeting the more than 4,000 hospital emergency departments nationwide.

“Experts in pediatric emergency medicine are well-represented in ACEP and at the EICC,” said Dr. Kaplan.  “Because of their extensive record of leadership, relationships with and operational acumen of the EMSC organization, as well as their commitment to ACEP and pediatric emergency medicine, I appointed Dr. Madeline Joseph as ACEP's liaison to the EIIC's Quality Improvement Advisory Board.   For the same reason, I appointed Dr. Kathleen Brown as ACEP's liaison to the EIIC's Implementation Advisory Board.  Both of them will carry the mission of advancing pediatric emergency care into the future of the EIIC.”

To learn more about this new center, visit www.EMSCImprovement.Center.

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services   Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. 

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For further information: Julie Lloyd | jlloyd@acep.org | 202-370-9292