Right care, right place, right time
Improving pediatric acute care through collaboration

ImPACTS (Improving Pediatric Acute Care Through Simulation) was created to ensure that ill and injured children receive the highest quality of emergency care whenever and wherever it is needed.

ImPACTS has now expanded to include virtual options to ensure that all community sites continued to be supported in pediatric care throughout COVID-19. If you are interested in learning more about this please contact ImPACTS



ImPACTS ED project has adapted to COVID-19 restrictions to continue to provide pediatric resources to ImPACTS hubs and spokes. July 2020 the first nursing distance learning collaborative was launched. A 12 week completely virtual learning opportunity was shared with 19 community hospital sites, led by their Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) and supported by the ImPACTS Core. This collaborative included high quality, asynchronous materials, telesimulation, podcasts and modules from leading pediatric emergency and intensive care physicians and nurses. If you are interested in participating in the next iteration in January 2021 please contact ImPACTS ED

ImPACTS EM Resident Updates

We are continuing to move forward with enrolling sites and are meeting monthly to discuss updates and next steps. Please contact ImPACTS EM Resident if you would like more information or if your site would like to participate.

ImPACTS Inpatient Updates

The ImPACTS Inpatient Initiative is moving forward with the goal of supporting community hospital preparedness to assess and acutely manage a critically ill patient. We have put together an educational needs assessment for a subset of community hospitals to assess their educational needs. Currently we are putting together a virtual educational event for a few community hospitals on pediatric respiratory insufficiency. Our goal is to also work with colleagues in emergency medicine, hospitalist medicine and pediatric critical care to put together an assessment tool for community hospitals to use when assessing their preparation in managing a critically ill pediatric patient. Interested in learning more?

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ImPACTS Outpatient Update

ImPACTS Outpatient has adapted work due to COVID-19 restrictions. For those actively participating or planning on participating we have a virtual option for completing the readiness survey and guidance for those able to complete simulations and readiness scores in person. Please go to the Outpatient project tab and the video can be found under the train the trainer tab. Please reach out to ImPACTS Outpatient with any questions!


The NICU project continues to move forward and is working on case development and the readiness survey. The NICU group will be meeting in January to discuss progress on the program to date and next steps. Please contact ImPACTS NICU if you are interested in joining this work group.

ImPACTS Transport Updates

The ImPACTS Transport project is looking for sites interested in participating. The protocol is being finalized after feedback from the Advisory committee and are looking to start simulations with pediatric transport teams this spring (with a flexible timeline due to COVID-19). Is your site interested in participating? Contact us at ImPACTS Transport

Improving pediatric preparedness in the Emergency Department

There has been considerable growth in the number of emergency departments (ED) and ED patient visits in the United States over the past two decades. EDs in the United States are disparate in their readiness to provide care to ill and injured children. The majority of Academic Medical Centers have high levels of pediatric readiness, as many of their EDs are designed and operated solely for the care of children.Read More..


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