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
Wrong-site Surgeries/Procedures are Still Occurring When Site is Difficult to Mark
April 17, 2019

Patients experience wrong-site surgeries/procedures when surgical/procedural sites are difficult, or impossible, to mark (e.g., perineum, mucosal surfaces such as with frenectomy procedures, internal organs, casted limbs, lateralized organs), or when patients/families refuse site marking.

Article
Hand Hygiene Program Helps Hospital go 5 Years CLABSI Free
April 9, 2019

Accountability for proper hand hygiene led Children’s Hospital University of Illinois to go more than five years without a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) in the general pediatrics ward.

Article
3 Interventions to Reduce Variation in Opioid Prescribing for Pediatric Patients
March 20, 2019

Children’s Hospital Colorado outlines its approach to determining pediatric-specific recommendations for opioid prescribing.

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How Pharmacogenomics Can Improve Pediatric Patient Safety
March 20, 2019

Pharmacogenomics is the study of using a patient's genomic makeup to recommend medications, potentially reducing patient harm and improving medication adherence.

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Gross! Visual Aids Help Educate Hospital Staff on Hand Hygiene
January 25, 2019

With the help of some eye-catching visuals, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago is helping staff and caregivers improve hand hygiene.

Report
Identifying the Source of Serious Pediatric Patient Harm
January 7, 2019

A 2018 report from the Child Health Patient Safety Organization reveals 10 pediatric patient safety concerns that have high potential for repeat harm in children’s hospitals. It also serves as a reminder to be vigilant about detecting existing risks before a serious safety event occurs.

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3 Ways Children's Hospitals are Improving Care Delivery
November 14, 2018

Collaboration, organization and changes of processes can positively affect how patients receive care. These are the top three entries for the delivery system transformation category in the 2017 Pediatric Quality Award.

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How a Culture of Courage Drives Innovation in Children's Hospitals
November 7, 2018

Innovation in children's hospitals is essential. It ensures relevance and resilience as technology and consumer expectations evolve.

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3 Patient Safety Projects Where Standardization Was Essential
October 31, 2018

Quality improvement projects that focus on reducing patient harm can lead to cost reduction and fewer inpatient days. Here’s a look at the top Pediatric Quality Award entries for the patient safety and reduction of harm category.

Article
Partnering With Families to Improve IV Safety in Pediatric Patients
October 23, 2018

Here's how families can work with bedside nurses to reduce peripheral intravenous harm.

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Solving the Problem of Incompatible Tubing Connections
October 8, 2018

Children's hospitals face challenges in the transition to ENFit enteral devices. Here's how one hospital is tackling the serious problem.

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Patient Safety Tip: The One Voice You Must Consider
September 24, 2018

Improving patient safety requires listening to front-line staff, says one children's hospital leader.

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Insights from Award-winning Quality Improvement Project Leaders
September 19, 2018

The 2017 Pediatric Quality Award recognized outstanding work in patient care and quality improvement. Learn more about the five award-winning initiatives.

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Soliciting Real-time Feedback from Patient Families in the Hospital
August 8, 2018

Here's how Children's Mercy's Family Experience Tracer program is elevating the family's voice.

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Unsafe Infant Sleep Practices and SIDS Deaths Still Happen in the U.S.
July 30, 2018

Thousands of babies still die each year in the U.S. from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. A safe sleep environment, inside and outside the hospital, can prevent these deaths.

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Cognitive Bias and How it Affects Health Care Providers' Decision Making
July 30, 2018

Humans make 35,000 decisions a day. How do we know if they're the right ones? Here's a look at cognitive bias and what children's hospitals can do about this issue.

Article
4 Proven Ideas to Improve Quality and Safety at Children's Hospitals
July 30, 2018

Dedicated teams are overcoming the quality challenges facing their children's hospitals.

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

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

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 needed therapy, and risk infection, vascular damage and other harm.

Article
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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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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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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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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