Patient Care, Quality and Safety

 

The Continuing Fight Against COVID

Children’s of Alabama continues to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to employees and patients. In 2022, we administered more than 1,200 doses to employees, more than 500 of which were the Bivalent booster vaccines. We also administered more than 1,000 doses to pediatric patients. When the vaccine became available for infants in June, we began offering it to eligible members of that population and administered more than 400 doses.

 

Children’s Hosts Pediatric Collaborative

Children’s of Alabama hosted the 2022 NRC Health Pediatric Collaborative in March, welcoming patient experience leaders from across the country. During the two-day conference, leaders had the opportunity to exchange ideas focused on improving patient experiences before, during and after hospital care. Children’s of Alabama pulmonologist and critical care physician Michele Kong, M.D., MBA, and child life specialist Chelsea Brown, CCLS, spoke about improving care experiences for patients with sensory sensitivities.

 

New Office Helps Improve Care and Outcomes

Children’s created the Pediatric Office of Improvement Science (POISE) in 2022 to realize improvement in patient care and outcomes for children by increasing quality improvement awareness, training, culture, resources and project rigor in addition to recognizing excellence and facilitating publications. The office is comprised of three medical co-directors, a clinical outcomes coordinator and a program coordinator. POISE is committed to outreach to make their services available and to encourage a culture of improvement.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Priorities

Children’s 2022 priorities:

  • Decrease harm to patients
    1. Reduce central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
    2. Reduce unplanned extubation (UE)
    3. Reduce pressure injuries (PI)
  • Recognize and eliminate disparities
    1. Participate in SPS Patient Harm Associated in Relation to Equity (PHARE) for unplanned extubation
    2. Identify ways to determine disparities for patients who experience a hospital-acquired condition (HAC)
  • Decrease workplace violence events

 

Joint Commission Surveyors Praise Children’s

Children’s received reaccreditation for three years following our Joint Commission survey. Surveyors described the hospital as a beautiful, world-class pediatric facility that provides the highest quality of pediatric care. They noted that staff are engaged, caring and knowledgeable and said it was evident that leaders are engaged in all aspects of the organization. One surveyor even said he would not hesitate to bring his child here if he were ever in need of our services.

 

Baby Formula Shortage

As a baby formula shortage swept the country in 2022, our lactation and nutrition experts provided advice for parents who might be struggling to find formula. Enteral feeding lab manager Kathleen Hughes and director of clinical nutrition Rainie Robinson were interviewed by local media to explain what parents needed to know about the shortage.