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  • March 21, 2018

5 Quality and Safety Projects Ready for Replication

If any part of your day at a children's hospital focuses on improving the quality and safety of care, on-demand sessions from the 2018 Quality and Safety in Children's Health Conference can give guidance or spark ideas for better care. Members representing more than 90 hospitals convened in San Diego March 4-9 to share the progress and pitfalls they encountered when implementing quality improvements. Several session recordings are available, and the subjects cover a range of ideas that organizations of any size can use for improvement.

Clinical effectiveness

Presenters from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital address implementing a clinical care guideline program. The team provides an example of a comprehensive improvement model and describes the success of a strategy that emphasized making it easy to do the right thing. Also in this session, a team from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC talks about how data can drive high-value care. Project leads detail how providing data and analysis to front line clinicians drives process improvement and sustainability.

Acuity tool development

Care coordination becomes more complex as teams address social, family, school and behavioral variables. St. Luke's Children's Hospital staff developed an acuity tool to improve the communication of patient need and utilization across the health system. The team examines its reliability and predictive power.

Care coordination for children with medical complexity

A shared plan of care is central to partnership. Staff members from Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare focused on that as they created a pilot model for care coordination meeting the needs of rural or limited-English proficient, medically complex children. The team describes breaking down barriers to coordinated primary and specialty care for the defined population.

Engaging families to improve patient safety

Boston Children's Hospital identifies strategies for adapting a nationally recognized patient and family-centered program to improve safety. See how the team measured errors and adverse events, family experience, and communication processes before and after interventions.

Sepsis detection in ED setting

Analysts and clinicians at Seattle Children's Hospital collaborated to identify potential septic shock cases. Hear about a sepsis datamart that uses electronic medical data to recognize patients at risk in the emergency department. The team discusses setbacks and specific error prevention tools that helped develop the methods to identify the patients and outcomes.

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