Articles

Articles from Children's Hospitals Today magazine and pediatric research journals.

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2019/2020 PLS Infographic
January 6, 2020

PLS courses are under a constant review cycle to ensure the most recent evidence-based information is available to learners in an engaging way.

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Pediatric Residency Programs: Giving Back
January 2, 2020

Julie B. Osborn, M.D., was so inspired by the children’s hospital team that saved her life she became a doctor and joined the team.

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Clinical Surveillance Helps Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections
December 31, 2019

Clinical surveillance isn’t new for some children’s hospitals, but the practice is evolving thanks to better technology and being implemented more broadly.

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Leadership Tip: Parents, Front Line Staff Invaluable Resources for Patient Care
December 31, 2019

Parents and nurses are the closest to every patient, and it’s pivotal for physicians and health care leaders to listen to them.

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Staffing Trends Leaders Rely on to Improve Department Efficiency
December 16, 2019

Leaders in children’s hospital emergency departments develop ground rules that can help any department operate more efficiently.

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A Closer Look at the Shift to MRI Technology and GBCAs
December 11, 2019

Sponsored content: While MRI technology has an overarching benefit in terms of superior tissue definition compared to CT, it also has a safety advantage in pediatric settings.

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Controlling Pediatric IV Acetaminophen Use Reduces Safety Risks and Medication Waste
December 11, 2019

Here’s how children’s hospitals improved their drug use policies.

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Children's Hospital Enhances Patient Safety and Quality with UVC Disinfection
December 4, 2019

Sponsored content: Light disinfecting technology can help hospitals fight hospital-acquired infections.

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4 Ways High-Performing EDs Balance Staffing and Promote Resiliency
December 3, 2019

Children’s hospitals are developing staffing practices that produce high-performing emergency departments without sacrificing attention to employee resilience.

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Leadership Tip: Succeed by Seeking Other Opinions
December 3, 2019

Why one children’s hospital leader always solicits help and outside opinions.

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Drone Test Flight Could Expedite Organ Transplants
December 3, 2019

On-demand organ delivery could reduce the amount of time a patient waits for transplant surgery once an organ is available.

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How Provider Stress Can Lead to Cognitive Bias and Diagnostic Errors
December 3, 2019

Burnout rates are on the rise and can have patient repercussions. Use these seven strategies to reduce the risk of diagnostic errors to avoid cognitive biases in patient care.

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1 in 3 Professionals Are Burned Out. Are You?
December 1, 2019

People working in health care are statistically more likely to experience burnout than most other industries.

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Spread the Word: Achieving High Utilization of PLS Courses
November 22, 2019

Helping staff get the most out of the Pediatric Learning Solutions (PLS) libraries their organization purchases begins with raising awareness. In a recent webinar, Michelle Weber, RN-BC, deployment leader in Organizational Effectiveness and Transformation, at Akron Children's Hospital, shared strategies for making connections across a diverse staff audience to inform learners of the relevant courses and materials available to them.

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Flu Season is Here: Are You Ready?
November 13, 2019

A children’s hospital leader of infection prevention describes how pediatric institutions can be ready for flu season.

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Passing Notes: Children's Hospitals Improve Transparency for Patients, Families
November 11, 2019

As children’s hospitals aim for better transparency with patients, families gain access to physician notes.

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Telemedicine in the NICU: 3 Traits of a Successful Program
November 11, 2019

How one hospital developed a telemedicine program to service nine NICU locations across north Texas.

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School-Based Social Worker Partnership Creates a Proactive Approach to Improve Behavioral Health
November 6, 2019

Recognizing a need for on-site services in schools, Children’s Mercy Kansas City launched a project to address behavioral health needs in school so kids can get the resources they need and avoid a hospital visit.

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Track Cognitive Bias to Improve Patient Safety
November 6, 2019

This children’s hospital traced 50% of serious safety events to cognitive bias and created targeted interventions to mitigate the most common cognitive biases found in health care.

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4 Lessons Learned When Creating a Standard of Care in a Health System
November 6, 2019

Weaving together children’s and adult hospitals into one system can create varied standards of care. This hospital system keeps the needs of children at the forefront while integrating hospitals and expanding care access.

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How a Children's Hospital Responded to a Mass Casualty Event
November 5, 2019

The incident taught teams to prepare for communication failure, supplies shortages and a deep emotional toll on staff.

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Improving Care for Kids in Mental Health Crisis
November 5, 2019

This hospital’s behavioral health crisis center helps keeps patients out of the emergency department so they can receive care more quickly.

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Pediatric Hospital Leaders Explore Challenges in Health Care
November 5, 2019

Children’s hospital leaders gather at Annual Leadership Conference to discuss strategy and examine evolving challenges in health care.

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Evaluation and Dissemination of Measurable Outcomes
October 28, 2019

Researchers share strategies for helping results reach a large audience and create a greater impact.

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What’s Driving Staffing Trends?
October 25, 2019

Here’s why children’s hospitals may be seeing a need for more full-time employees.