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Quality Improvement Program

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Mom and BabyThe Quality Department works closely with the Children’s Hospital to ensure that the quality of care is consistently superior by monitoring through various methods.


We are members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and the NACH Association and participate in many studies that benchmark our data with multiple children's hospitals across the nation.

 

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital participates in PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) focus groups that collaborate on research and best practices for PICU regarding such areas as end-of-life care, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and nutritional aspects. We also participate in the VPS (Virtual PICU Performance System) database, which measures the Pediatric Intensive Care Units' length of stay, complications, and blood stream infections.

 

We also participate in the NHSN (National Health and Safety Network), which monitors central line, foley, and ventilator infection rates.

 

According to data collected by the Vermont-Oxford Network on low birth weight infants from approximately 300 NICUs throughout the United States and Canada, St. Joseph's NICU consistently ranks among the top units for survival, critical outcomes, and respiratory management rates.

 

All divisions collect data monthly regarding quality outcomes specific to their primary care and specialty guidelines. These outcomes are reported regularly to the Patient Safety and Quality Committee for review and suggestions for improvement.

 

For additional information, please contact us:

Paddy Fallon, CCRN, Pediatric Safety and Quality Coordinator

Phone: 973.754.3307

 

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