Patient Safety

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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

Alert
Central Vascular Access Devices: From Orders to Insertion
April 30, 2018

Inserting an inappropriate central vascular access device (CVAD) can result in additional procedures for placing the correct CVAD, which can delay ...

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Technology Helps Hospitals Battle Health Care-Associated Infections
April 30, 2018

UV disinfection is a new weapon that fights against tough germs.

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Patient Safety is the Job of Everyone Who Works in a Hospital
April 27, 2018

Simple but thoughtful interventions can change a hospital's culture and have a substantial effect on patient safety.

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New Report: Understanding the Source of Patient Harm
April 27, 2018

A safety report points to top patient safety vulnerabilities and areas for action.

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5 Quality and Safety Projects Ready for Replication
March 21, 2018

From clinical effectiveness to sepsis detection in the emergency department, here are ideas any hospital can implement.

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How 3 Children's Hospitals are Eliminating Errors, Infections in the NICU
March 15, 2018

Three initiatives making big patient-safety strides in children's hospital NICUs around the country.

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A Parent's Perspective on Patient Safety
March 15, 2018

One of this mom’s most valued partnerships is the one she has with the children’s hospital that saved her son.

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3 Technologies Boosting Patient Safety at Children's Hospitals
March 15, 2018

Cutting-edge technology in pediatric health care has had a significant effect on patient safety in children's hospitals.

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How 3 Children's Hospitals Improved Medication Safety
March 14, 2018

Medication errors are one of the biggest safety issues facing hospitals today. Here's how children's hospitals are making a difference.

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3 Actions to Improve Sepsis Detection and Management in the Pediatric Emergency Department
March 8, 2018

Data plays a key role in helping this hospital document the treatment of sepsis patients.

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What Happens When a Nurse and a Doctor Co-lead a Hospital Safety Team
March 8, 2018

Leadership partnership has rapidly decreased preventable patient harm at Riley Children's by blending the expertise of physicians and nurses.

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5 Children's Hospitals Making Big Improvements in Pediatric Quality
March 7, 2018

From 110 entries, the Pediatric Quality Award judges narrowed the field. All entries brought quality improvement practices to light that other ...

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Why it’s Important to Track Outpatient CLABSIs
March 7, 2018

Efforts to engage front line staff members, patients and families can lead to a decrease in CLABSI rates.

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Increasing the Number of Safety Events Staff Members Report
March 7, 2018

Despite an increase in safety event reports in past years, Children's National Medical Center leadership saw opportunities to increase the number of ...

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Defining Nurses’ Roles During Family-Centered Rounds
March 7, 2018

How the original IPASS concept is being adapted and used as a way to engage patients and families and improve the quality of care.

Press Release
Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Honored with Top Pediatric Quality Award for Developing a Culture of Safety, Eliminating Serious Safety Events
March 6, 2018

The award honors a four-year project to improve serious safety event (SSE) reporting, recognition and interventions that would decrease the SSE rate ...

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8 Ideas to Drive Future Results at your Children’s Hospital
February 15, 2018

Take a closer look at these easy-to-implement ideas from your peers that your hospital can use to drive results into the future.

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5 Ideas for Improving Patient Safety and the Family Experience
February 15, 2018

Hospitals share their strategies for improving patient family engagement, clinical care and communication.

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Phone Hotline Transforms Patient and Workplace Safety
February 15, 2018

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center established a 24/7 safety hotline that allows for centralized decision control, coordination and ...

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The Role of Critical Care Nurses in Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes
February 8, 2018

Developing systems that support and empower nurses can meet the challenges of providing the right care across the sepsis continuum.

Alert
Procedural Mishaps: Retained Foreign Objects or Surgical Items
December 20, 2017

Hospitals should assess standardized processes for potential gaps in accounting for all surgical items, especially new or altered ones, guidewires ...

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How a Group of Children's Hospitals Reduced CLABSI Rates by 64 Percent
November 29, 2017

Hospitals that used a sterile tubing change technique saw the biggest decline in rates.

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Pharmacogenomics: Examining the Role Genes Play in a Patient's Drug Response
November 8, 2017

Pharmacogenomics examines the role genes play in a patient's drug response, helping clinicians prescribe a more effective dose. This could lead to ...

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Transparent Safety Bulletin Helps Change Team Culture
October 31, 2017

Here's how one hospital is helping everyone on staff learn from each unintended error. The end result is improving reporting and ultimately its ...

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How One Children's Hospital Virtually Eliminated Breast Milk Administration Errors
October 12, 2017

A team analyzed the entire process and identified 282 potential failure points.

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Patient Safety Alerts

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