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The risk of a poor outcome for a critically ill child is high when a system is not ready to meet the emergency needs of that child. New guidelines from the National Pediatric Readiness Project can be used to prove that an ED fell short in this regard.
Financial Disclosure: Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN (Nurse Planner) is a consultant for Ethicon USA and Mobile Instrument Service and Repair. The following individuals disclose that they have no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study: Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, FACEP (Physician Editor), Stacey Kusterbeck (Author), Jonathan Springston (Editor), Jesse Saffron (Editor), Amy M. Johnson, MSN, RN, CPN (Accreditations Manager), and Terrey L. Hatcher (Editorial Group Manager).