By Leslie Coplin, AHC Media, Executive Editor

The Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) focuses on improving outcomes for children in emergency situations to ensure that every child has access to pediatric emergency care or urgent care, regardless of where they live.

Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the EIIC is led by teams at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine and involves collaborations with partners at the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the National Association of State EMS Officials. The EIIC replaces the Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center, which was established in 1991. To learn more about this new center, visit

The EIIC will use improvement science practices to provide training, support and tools to the emergency care community, with the goals of improving care for pediatric patients and reducing morbidity and mortality in children. One of the key EIIC programs is the National Pediatric Readiness Project, a quality improvement initiative designed to ensure that U.S. emergency departments have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children.

For more information on the latest guidelines and treatment protocols in pediatric emergency medicine, check out the latest issues of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Reports, Emergency Medicine Reports, and Trauma Reports.