Patient Safety

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Photo by Juan Pulido, Children's Health Children's Medical Center Dallas

Preventable harm occurs even in the best hospitals, and children’s hospitals are focused on improving patient safety practices for the best outcomes. The association sponsors collaboratives and initiatives around top patient safety issues, including the Child Health Patient Safety Organization (Child Health PSO), and partners with other organizations. 



Resources

Article
4 Ways the Quality and Safety Conference Can Help You Do Your Job
February 8, 2017

The only quality and safety conference for children's hospital professionals offers more than 50 education and poster sessions focused on solving ...

Article
Get an Inside Look at the Strategies Changing Children's Health Care at the 2017 Quality and Safety Conference
January 19, 2017

Registration is open for the 2017 Quality and Safety in Children's Health Conference.

Article
Discussing Quality with Patients and Families
November 1, 2016

Bringing parents and families into conversations about quality can help reduce harm.

Article
Hospitals Share Strategies to Improve Patient Safety
November 1, 2016

Hospitals of all sizes learn from each other, adapt patient safety strategies to fit their needs and proactively address risk.

Article
High Price Tag for Bloodstream Infections in Pediatric Transplant, Cancer Outpatients
October 14, 2016

A recent Pediatric Blood & Cancer article shows the burden of care for central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in cancer and blood ...

Article
4 Quality Improvement Successes from Award-winning Hospitals
July 28, 2016

These children’s hospital improvement teams led remarkable initiatives that are changing the way their hospitals work, from resident training to ...

Alert
Silicone-Foley Catheter Balloon Rupture
July 22, 2016

Foley balloon rupture can lead to a urinary tract infection and/or sepsis requiring antibiotic therapy.

Announcement or News
Participate in Patient Safety Initiatives to Qualify for Contracts with Exchange Plans
May 19, 2016

As of Jan. 1, 2017, hospitals with more than 50 beds must meet new federal requirements for participating in patient safety initiatives.

Article
Help Family Members Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance
April 25, 2016

An educational initiative at Boston Children's Hospital has helped improve hand washing among parents and family members.

Article
Engage Patients in Hand Hygiene With an Autograph Card
April 25, 2016

Children's Hospital Colorado uses autograph cards to help engage patients in hand hygiene practices.

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4 Tips for Hand Hygiene Compliance Success
April 25, 2016

2015 Pediatric Quality Award Semifinalist Arkansas Children’s Hospital improved hand hygiene compliance from a baseline of 73 percent to 95 percent ...

Article
5 Award-Winning Pediatric Quality Improvement Ideas
March 8, 2016

From 76 entries, the 2015 Pediatric Quality Award judges narrowed the field. All entries brought quality improvement practices to light that other ...

Press Release
Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Honored with Top Pediatric Quality Award for Improving Care Delivery to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Patients
March 8, 2016

Along with Yale-New Haven, three other children’s hospitals were named category winners, and one was recognized with a distinctive achievement award ...

Article
Daily Safety Huddles Increase Awareness
October 19, 2015

In just a few minutes a day, safety huddles promote transparency, teamwork and real-time review of safety events.

Article
Tips for Implementing Daily Safety Huddles
October 19, 2015

Here are tips for getting a safety huddle program started and for ensuring its continued success.

Alert
Recognition of Retained Foreign Body - Button Battery
July 21, 2015

Button batteries remain conductive when ingested and can cause tissue erosion and significant damage if not removed in a timely manner.

Article
Commentary: Protecting Patient Safety Is Critical
July 20, 2015

Protecting the work of patient safety organizations (PSOs) is critical to ensuring future advances in children's hospital patient safety.

Article
Lean Tools Help Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections
July 20, 2015

Using lean tools, a new program fosters rounding with a purpose, improves bundle compliance and hopes to prevent patient harm.

Alert
Pediatric Medication Concentration Standards With Retail Pharmacy
June 26, 2015

Error in dosing concentration resulted in a patient being readmitted to the PICU for head imaging and observation.

Alert
Potential for an Event Related to Patients Receiving Liquid Medications Through An Enteral Route
April 30, 2015

Children receiving small dose, high alert medications with the transition to the new ENFit syringes could experience variability in dosing.

Presentation or Recording
Mastering the PSO Ladder: Is Your PSES Policy Enough?
April 10, 2015

Understand how to put teeth behind your Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES).

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Offer Safety Tips for Patient Families During National Patient Safety Awareness Week
March 3, 2015

Children's Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety and the Children's Hospital Association are collaborating to offer safety tips for families to ...

Presentation or Recording
PSO Implementation: Receiving a subpoena for PSWP and Applying Protections to Peer Review Activities
February 26, 2015

PSO expert Michael Callahan provides practical advice and recommendations for, and implications to, a Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES) if a ...

Presentation or Recording
PSO Implementation: Barriers to PSO Success
February 26, 2015

PSO expert Michael Callahan discusses the barriers that stand in the way of PSO success.

Presentation or Recording
PSO Implementation: The Basics of PSO Implementation and the Evolving Industry
February 26, 2015

PSO expert Michael Callahan provides a refresher on the basics of PSO implementation, which included new insights evolving from the industry.

Contact

2017 Conference

2017 Quality Conference

The 2017 Quality and Safety Conference is the premier event for children’s hospital professionals with a passion for quality improvement.

Patient Safety Alerts

Child Health PSO Patient Safety Action Alerts provide immediate notification of patient safety concerns for most  pediatric health care providers.