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


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

13 Semifinalists Advance in Pediatric Quality Award
January 11, 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Join the Fight Against Pediatric Sepsis with New Collaborative
February 26, 2016

CHA is launching a collaborative to work across all levels of pediatric subspecialties to improve sepsis outcomes.

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.

Children's Hospitals Have a Voice at National Sepsis Forum
September 23, 2015

The Children's Hospital Association participated in the Rory Staunton Foundation's Second National Forum on Sepsis.

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.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in Freestanding Children's Hospitals
January 2, 2015

This study suggests formalized antimicrobial stewardship programs in children’s hospitals are effective in reducing antibiotic prescribing.

How Hospitals Can Save 18 Percent in Direct Costs
July 13, 2014

One hospital applied a proven quality improvement methodology and involved system-wise stakeholders to achieve $12 million in annual savings and new ...

4 Quality Improvement Ideas Hospitals Can Implement
January 13, 2014

These children's hospital quality improvement teams led remarkable initiatives that are changing the way their hospitals work, from culture to ...