• Impact of Multidisciplinary Standardization of Care for Gastroschisis: Treatment, Outcomes, and Cost

    5 monthes ago - By Journal of Pediatric Surgery

    Elimination of unnecessary practice variation through standardization creates opportunities for improved outcomes and cost-effectiveness. A quality improvement initiative at our institution used evidence and consensus to standardize management of gastroschisis from birth to discharge.
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  • Feasibility of Providing Pediatric Neurology Telemedicine Care to Youth with Headache

    5 monthes ago - By Journal of Pediatric Health Care

    Telemedicine has been described as use of electronic communication between two sites to deliver medical information to improve a patient's clinical health status. It has been widely used since the 1990s in remote areas such as Alaska and the upper reaches of Canada in addition to other rural parts of the United States (Gifford, Niles, Rivkin, Koverola, & Polaha, 2012). The American Academy of Pediatrics (2015) has supported telemedicine as a way to deliver both primary care and certain specialty areas with provider shortages.
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  • Improving Postoperative Neonatal Nutritional Practices in an Intensive Care Unit Using the PDSA Cycle

    5 monthes ago - By Journal of Pediatric Health Care

    Quality Improvement models offer a framework for health care professionals to follow in implementing process improvement changes. Use of these models promotes a systematic approach to problem solving, keeps providers from eliminating important steps, facilitates team work, and provides a clear plan for ongoing communication. This paper describes use of the Plan-Do-Study-Act model to implement a unit-based quality improvement project that focused on improving postoperative nutritional practices for neonates with critical congenital heart disease following complex cardiac surgery.
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