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  • January 11, 2018

13 Semifinalists Advance in Pediatric Quality Award

Every two years, the Pediatric Quality Award (PQA) uncovers amazing improvement work happening in children's hospitals. The award brings much-deserved attention to strategies that successfully changed clinical care, transformed care delivery, improved patient safety and reduced waste.

After reviewing 110 entries from 60 children's hospitals, expert judges selected 13 projects to advance as 2017 award semifinalists. "I had a hard time rating anything much less than 'good' since the teams clearly put a ton of effort into each and every one," says Melissa Schafer, pediatric quality officer, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital and PQA judge. "And yet, there were a couple that really stood out. I just want to tell everyone about these. They are incredible!"

Meet the semifinalists

See what projects captured the judges' attention and how they've made a difference in pediatric health care. CHA will honor the semifinalists and announce the category winners, and overall winner, at the 2018 Quality & Safety in Children's Health Conference in March.

Clinical care
These projects impact patients through the improvement or redesign of clinical care systems and achieve improved patient outcomes.

  • Reducing Hospitalization with Nurse-Driven Asthma Treatment; Primary Children's Hospital, Salt Lake City 
  • Quality Improvement in Primary Care: Reducing Emergency Department Visits in Children with Asthma; Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio 
  • Code Yellow; Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee 

Delivery system transformation
These projects demonstrate an organization's journey toward transformation on a large scale in their enterprise.

  • Improving the Care of Children in Foster Care: An Academic Community QI Collaborative; Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • Transforming Ambulatory CLABSI Education, Awareness, and Prevention Across an Organization and Beyond; Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Reducing Serious Safety Events in a Children's Hospital; Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut

Patient safety and reduction of harm
These projects attain sustained results and eliminate harm to patients.

  • Getting To Zero: Eliminating Unplanned Extubations in the PICU; Ochsner Hospital for Children, New Orleans
  • Preventing CLABSI through Leader Engagement, Data Management and Evidence-Based Practices; Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Decreasing Blood Culture Contamination in a Children's Hospital; Children's of Mississippi

Waste reduction or improved efficiency
These projects reduce waste, improve efficiency and/or reduce cost, as well as improve clinical outcomes, reduce harm or improve patient satisfaction.

  • Use of the Toyota Production System (TPS) Principles To Improve Total Parenteral Nutrition Logistics and Clinical Outcomes in our Most Vulnerable Patient Population; Children's Hospital Of The King's Daughters, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Reducing Waste of Isoproterenol, a High Cost Medication, Across Multiple Hospital Settings; The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Improving the Value of Send-Out Laboratory Testing Through Laboratory Test Stewardship; Seattle Children's
  • Reduction in Hospital Days Using a Multidisciplinary Approach for Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease; Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut

Sharing these experiences with other children's hospitals that face similar challenges is an important part of the PQA program. 

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