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High Acuity Readmission Risk Pediatric Screen (HARRPS) Tool

What is the HARRPS Tool?


The HARRPS Tool is a collection of questions that calculates an overall readmission risk score for a pediatric patient. The score is then associated with a risk category of low, moderate, or high risk. The evidence-based tool has undergone research providing credibility to the tool’s predictive power in identifying readmission risk for the pediatric population.

Why focus on Readmissions?

  • Patient and family satisfaction related to keeping kids at home instead of in the hospital.

  • Preventable pediatric readmissions had a nationwide annual cost of $1.5 billion in 2015.

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Pediatric Quality Measures Program consider readmissions as a quality indicator for hospitals.

  • Solutions for Patient Safety tracks readmissions as a pediatric Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC).

  • American Case Management Association’s standard of practice for case/care managers is to screen patients for risk.

HARRPS Research Journal Article