Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network

High quality, multi-center research into the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children across the continuum of emergency medicine health care

JUST RELEASED: A New PECARN Clinical Decision Rule Minimizes Unnecessary Imaging for Pediatric Cervical Spine Injuries

Introduction Each year, more than 8 million children in the U.S. are evaluated in emergency departments (EDs) following blunt trauma, but less than 1% are diagnosed with cervical spine injuries (CSI). Computed tomography (CT) scans are often used to evaluate for CSIs. This exposes children to ionizing radiation increasing their lifetime risk of cancer. A […]

Press Release: Study Finds Neck Injury Prediction Rule Could Decrease Imaging Exposure in Children

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cervical spine injuries in children are relatively rare but can have serious consequences, like paralysis. The standard method for detecting these injuries involves X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans, which expose children to radiation and may pose long-term health risks. In a study published today in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, researchers […]


Introduction Each year, U.S. emergency departments face the challenge of evaluating around 200,000 infants aged 60 days and younger, with 8-10% having serious bacterial infections, including the serious categories of bacteremia and bacterial meningitis. The PECARN febrile infant working group previously derived a clinical prediction rule to identify febrile infants at low risk for serious […]

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How to get a project into PECARN

PECARN works with diverse demographic populations and across varied geographical regions promoting the health of children in all phases of care using multicenter studies, research collaborations, and informational exchange between EMSC investigators and providers.

In PECARN, each node works collaboratively with the others and with MCHB/HRSA to initiate, implement, and administer network research. Specific research projects, however, require extramural research funding to be conducted through PECARN.

Those who are interested in submitting a proposal to PECARN should contact Dr. Eileen Klein at