A recent simulation study published in Pediatrics found that in emergency situations for children with medical complexity, nearly seven times more critical care activities were performed on those who had an Emergency Information Form (EIF) available.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians recommend that EIFs be created for every child with a complex, chronic condition, and that these forms be a regular component of the child’s medical record, ideally available electronically regardless of where the child receives care.
These forms are best created in the child’s medical home in partnership with the parents, and should be reviewed and updated periodically. For children in the California Children’s Services program, completions of their EIFs could be part of the mandated assessment and care planning to which each child is entitled. Read the abstract.