The national Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative project through the EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center (where this all started) focused on four improvement initiatives:
- measure and record weights in kilograms
- obtain and record complete set of vital signs
- establish or refine pediatric interfacility transfer agreements and guidelines
- pediatric disaster preparedness
While these are essential areas for improvement, it is not an exhaustive list, and member hospitals likely face daily challenges with pediatric patients that may be amenable to a quality improvement approach. We intend to utilize the most recent National Pediatric Readiness Project survey completed by Oregon and Southwest Washington hospital emergency departments, in addition to dialogue with participating sites to generate a list of potential QI projects. Interested sites will collectively determine which improvement initiatives they would like to undertake, and quality improvement projects will roll out in waves and include regular check-ins.
Weight in Kilograms QI Initiative
The Weight in Kilograms QI Initiative launches April 1, 2021. Hospitals may join any time during the 1-year initiative. Hospitals will set individual goals and maintain contact with their team. The Pediatric Readiness Program team will provide support through office hours, education sessions where hospitals may share Weight in Kilograms QI lessons learned, quarterly group check-ins, individual assistance and more. Measures and key drivers have been identified, as well as a robust QI Initiative resource library.
Quality Improvement Resources