Quality Improvement

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Children’s hospitals are committed to providing safe, effective, timely and equitable care for children through child and family-centered care. They lead the nation in providing pediatric hospital and specialty care, educating pediatric physicians and health professionals, implementing clinical information technology, researching new technologies and developing patient care practices.

Because enhancing quality and patient safety is a priority, we are pursuing three overarching strategies:

  • Facilitate children's hospitals' leadership to transform care for children
  • Advocate for children and children's hospitals in the national quality environment
  • Build measurement capacity to guide patient safety and quality improvement efforts that are child-focused and evidence-based

Resources

Report
Improving Rates of Counseling Parents/Caregivers of Patients with Suicidality on Restricting Access to Lethal Means
November 21, 2019

Best practices for improving counseling on restricting access to lethal means developed based on the Pediatric Hospital Care Improvement Project (P-HIP) 12-month learning collaborative.

Report
Promoting Safe Hospital-to-Home Transitions
November 21, 2019

Best practices for improving hospital-to-home family/caregiver written discharge instructions to reduce potential medical complications.

Article
Hand Hygiene Program Helps Hospital go 5 Years CLABSI Free
October 16, 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
Children's Hospitals Focus on Taking Pediatric Quality to the Next Level
April 26, 2019

Over the last 20 years, children's hospitals have built foundations to advance quality to the next generation.

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.

Article
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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Training a New Breed of Data Analyst for Quality Improvement
January 30, 2019

In this Q&A, analytics team manager Vaidehi Mehta discusses training a new breed of analyst to meet quality improvement data demands.

Report
Matching Market Opportunities With Strategies to Provide Pediatric Value-based Care
January 9, 2019

The movement toward value-based care represents one of the most significant changes in the industry in a generation.

Article
4 Strategies for Reducing Hospital Waste and Improving Efficiency
December 4, 2018

From reducing waste of a life-saving medication to improving how laboratory tests are sent out, learn more about the top Pediatric Quality Award entries for waste reduction and improved efficiency.

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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.

Article
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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3 Clinical Care Improvement Projects
October 16, 2018

Clinical care improvement projects can change how a child receives care. Here's a look at the top Pediatric Quality Award entries from the clinical care category.

Article
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 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 children's hospitals could replicate.

Article
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 to zero.

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13 Semifinalists Advance in Pediatric Quality Award
January 11, 2018

The Pediatric Quality Award uncovers amazing improvement work happening in children's hospitals.

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Pediatric Quality Award Closes with Record 110 Entries
August 9, 2017

A record number of entries provides an opportunity to spread more knowledge across hospitals.

Article
Kamishibai Card Rounding Helps Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections
March 13, 2017

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

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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.

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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 disorder outpatients with compromised immune systems.

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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 decreasing length of stay.

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Pediatric Quality Award Winners Share Lessons Learned
July 28, 2016

The 2015 Pediatric Quality Award category winners share quick tips for hospitals pursuing similar improvement projects.

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Encouraging the Mother-Baby Bond in the NICU
April 25, 2016

Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital demonstrated the importance of challenging traditional approaches to pediatric disease management, resulting in better care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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