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Pediatric Readiness Program: Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement

The national Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative project through the EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center (where this all started) focused on four improvement initiatives:

  1. measure and record weights in kilograms
  2. obtain and record complete set of vital signs
  3. establish or refine pediatric interfacility transfer agreements and guidelines
  4. 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.

University of CQI Workshop

Learn fundamentals and advanced skills for productive quality and value projects through the University of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Workshop. Lead by Dr. Joe Kaempf, these workshops are free, fun, interactive and open to all providers and caregivers. Teams learn common CQI tools and language. For questions or to schedule a workshop for your team, contact Dr. Kaempf at

Schedule as five 90-minute sessions, two half days or one full day:

Part 1 - Fundamentals of Continuous Quality Improvement - What Is It, Why Do It?
Part 2 - CQI Roadblocks and Evidence Based Medicine Principles
Part 3 - Aim Statement/Driver Diagram Work Session
Part 4 - Advanced CQI and Evidence-Based Medicine
Part 5 - Healthcare, Philosophy, Ethics, and CQI

"Dr. Kaempf's innovative workshop has been shared with hundreds of providers, caregivers, and administrators, and conducted at prominent national meetings and universities to quite positive acclaim. The workshop has an experience-based and real-life format, with thoughtful and highly practical supplemental materials."

Quality Improvement Resources