Quality Improvement

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Photo: Ingrid Barrentine, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center; Tacoma, Washington

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


The Next Phase of Work in Improving the Quality of Children’s Health Care
October 27, 2021

As executive leaders of our nation’s children’s hospitals, we have an imperative to improve health and health care outcomes for children.

Finding the Quality Improvement Frame of Mind
October 27, 2021

How embracing the improver’s mind-set can move quality initiatives forward—and even lead to more fun at work.

Teaming up to prevent, reduce dialysis-related infections
October 5, 2021

SCOPE began 10 years ago to prevent infections in children and adolescents on peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis using large-scale collaboration to identify and spread effective interventions.

Kamishibai Card Rounding Helps Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections
June 23, 2021

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

Clinical Bundles Improve Outcomes for Patients with Sepsis
April 28, 2021

Compliance creates progress in pediatric sepsis.

Showing the Value of Quality Improvement Work in a Children's Hospital
January 26, 2021

Stakeholders define value differently, and this should drive how your hospital communicates.

Growing A Safety Culture During the COVID-19 Pandemic
November 2, 2020

Despite the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has created at some health care organizations, children’s hospitals can still find opportunities for quality improvement.

Resilience Engineering: What's Next in Quality and Safety
July 6, 2020

Borrowing concepts from industry and the military, Texas Children’s addresses rapid changes to improve patient outcomes.

Diagnostic Safety Toolkit
May 15, 2020

The diagnostic safety toolkit provides strategies to make improvements through communication. It's designed to use anywhere in an organization and with any diagnosis.

How One Children's Hospital is Reducing Patient Harm
February 4, 2020

The implementation of a new safety principle focuses less on what goes wrong and more on what goes right.

The QI Project that Helped a Children's Hospital Improve Patient Flow
January 29, 2020

Through a more efficient discharge system, Cincinnati Children’s reduced costs to families and insurers, and improved the overall patient experience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 care category.

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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