2017 Pediatric Quality Award Semifinalist Entries

From a record 110 entries, expert judges from children’s hospitals selected 13 projects to advance as semifinalists for the 2017 Pediatric Quality Awards. Semifinalists were named in each of the four categories, and moved to a final review by the industry judges.

2017 PQA semifinalists group

CHA honored the semifinalists, and announced the category winners and overall winner, during the 2018 Quality & Safety Conference, March 5-7.  

Learn more about each semifinalist project and listen to their recorded presentations. 

Entries

Award Entry
Reducing Serious Safety Events in a Children's Hospital
March 6, 2018

(2017 PQA Overall Winner) Yale New Haven Children's Hospital used an improvement model with multiple PDSA cycles to decrease its rate of serious ...

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Getting to Zero: Eliminating Unplanned Extubations in the PICU
March 6, 2018

(Category Winner) By decreasing unplanned extubations per ventilator days to 0, Ochsner Hospital for Children saved cost and unnecessary hospital ...

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Quality Improvement in Primary Care: Reducing Emergency Department Visits in Children with Asthma
March 6, 2018

(Category Winner) Nationwide Children's Hospital's long-term longitudinal quality improvement project sought to decrease asthma-related emergency ...

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Code Yellow
March 6, 2018

(Category Winner) Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt aims to maximize patient safety for pediatric oncology patients who present ...

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Reducing Waste of Isoproterenol, a High-cost Medication, Across Multiple Hospital Settings
March 6, 2018

(Category Winner) A multidisciplinary team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia used its quality improvement framework to define, diagnose and ...

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Reduction in Hospital Days Using a Multidisciplinary Approach for Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
January 11, 2018

The team at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital aimed to decrease the total hospital days for patients admitted with sickle cell pain.

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Use of Toyota Production System (TPS) Principles to Improve Total Parenteral Nutrition Logistics and Clinical Outcomes in our Most Vulnerable Patient Population
January 11, 2018

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters increased the infusion time of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) significantly.

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Transforming Ambulatory CLABSI Education, Awareness and Prevention Across an Organization and Beyond
January 11, 2018

Children's Hospital & Medical Center used Six Sigma methodology in an effort to reduce ambulatory central line-associated bloodstream infection ...

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Decreasing Blood Culture Contamination in a Children's Hospital
January 11, 2018

Children's of Mississippi used several improvement methods to reduce the blood culture contamination rate and achieve significant cost reduction.

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Improving the Care of Children in Foster Care: An Academic-community QI Collaborative
January 11, 2018

The Duke Foster Care Clinic began an academic-community QI collaborative to improve access to and timing of initial medical care for children ...

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Reducing Hospitalization with Nurse-driven Asthma Treatment
January 11, 2018

Primary Children's new nurse-initiated care process for asthma in its emergency department reduced hospital admissions by one-third and total asthma ...

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Preventing CLABSI Through Leader Engagement, Data Management and Evidence-based Practices
January 11, 2018

Children's Hospital Colorado prioritized reliable evidence-based central line care, and made changes to better manage data and engage leaders in ...

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Improving the Value of Send-out Laboratory Testing Through Laboratory Test Stewardship
January 11, 2018

Seattle Children's implemented an active case review program of send-out tests by a highly skilled team to catch errors and prevent unnecessary ...

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2017 Judges

Judging this year's entries are pediatric quality experts from children's hospitals and allied organizations including the American Board of Medical Specialties Research and Education, American Board of Pediatrics, and the International Society for Quality in Health Care.

Past Award Entries