National PECARN

What is PECARN?

PECARN is the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, the first federally funded multi-institutional network for research in pediatric emergency medicine in the United States.

PECARN Brochure

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What is PECARN’s goal?

The goal of this network is to conduct meaningful and rigorous multi-institutional research into the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth across the continuum of emergency medicine health care.

PECARN will work with diverse demographic populations and across varied geographical regions to promote the health of children in all phases of care. To accomplish these tasks, PECARN provides the leadership and infrastructure needed to promote:

  • multicenter studiesWoman looking at an X-ray
  • research collaboration among EMSC investigators
  • encourage informational exchanges between EMSC investigators and providers

Who created PECARN?

The EMSC Logo - A Teddy BearIn 2001, 2005, 2008, and 2011, and 2015, the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program awarded cooperative agreements to academic medical centers through a competitive process entitled the EMSC Network Development Demonstration Project (EMSC-NDDP). These cooperative agreements form PECARN.

In 2002, 2006 and 2009, and 2012, a cooperative agreement was awarded to the University of Utah to serve as the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for PECARN.


How is PECARN organized?

The PECARN network consists of:

  • a Data Coordinating Center
  • 6 Research Node Centers (RNCs)
  • an EMS Research Node containing 3 EMS Affiliates
  • 18 Hospital Emergency Department Affiliates (HEDAs)
  • 6 EMS affiliates (1 in each Node)

Each of the six research nodes has three HEDAs and one EMS affiliate. PECARN sites represent academic, community, urban, general, and children's hospitals. The PECARN network Emergency Departments serve approximately 1.1 millon acutely ill and injured children every year and the 9 EMS affiliates account for more than 68,000 pediatric runs annually.

How is PECARN governed?

The PECARN network is governed by a Steering Committee that formulates and monitors policies and procedures guiding all research activities, and reviews and approves research proposals. All major scientific decisions are made by majority vote. Subcommittees have been created to carry out specific tasks identified by the Steering Committee:

  1. The Protocol Review and Development Subcommittee
  2. The Grant Writing and Publications Subcommittee
  3. The Feasibility and Budget Subcommittee
  4. The Quality, Safety and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee