Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Recent studies suggest a lack of preparation in emergency medical systems for pediatric patients. Michigan emergency departments were surveyed to determine their degree of preparedness regarding equipment, space, and pediatric on-call coverage. More than 50% of responding emergency departments did not have a pediatrician on call and lacked a pediatric "crash cart," and 34% had to send their personnel to other areas in the hospital to obtain pediatric equipment during resuscitations. This survey suggests a lack of preparation for pediatric emergencies in Michigan.