Continual Improvement (CI) Leader Training
In addition to MOC Part 4 credits, you may be eligible to receive MOC Part 2 and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from Connecticut Children's Office of Continuing Medical Education.
Connecticut Children’s seeks to create a culture of Continual Improvement (CI), which drives providers towards clinical and operational excellence. Physicians are paramount to this effort, as they are front line care providers as well as decision makers. Their engagement and influence are necessary to create positive, lasting change.
The CI Physician training program will combine classroom learning with experiential practice in continual improvement. This will provide participating physicians with a comprehensive introduction to lean and quality improvement methodologies and tools; honing the key competencies and skills needed to be a successful and influential leader in an improvement-focused environment. This class will consist of physician leaders from across the organization to encourage peer-to-peer learning, discussions and ongoing support of improvement work amongst the cohorts.
Connecticut Children’s physicians will be trained in lean (continual improvement) and quality improvement methodologies with tools to assist in the application of these methodologies and access to quality improvement interventions in their local departments and across the institution.
Physicians at Connecticut Children's
Heather Tory, MD
Alex Golden, MD
Nutritional Follow-up of Newborns with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)
Low birth weight and extremely low birth weight infants experience growth failure during their stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The average weight at 40 weeks Corrected Gestational Age (CGA) is significantly below the 10th percentile. Growth in infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is more severely affected. This growth failure is associated with lesser neurodevelopmental outcomes. Catch- up weight by 48 CGA is associated with improved neurodevelopmental outcomes. However, this can be quite challenging as those infants with BPD have increased metabolic rates and require sufficient protein in order to grow well.
This project examined the post-discharge growth failure rate before (baseline = Phase I) and after (Phase II) the implementation of a multidisciplinary clinic specifically for infants discharged with active BPD which was staffed by a single neonatologist and neonatal nurse practitioner (NP). Prior practice was to have the pulmonary issues of the infants monitored by the pediatric pulmonary group and nutritional issues were not specifically addressed during this period except by the general pediatrician. For the third phase of the project, the intervention included a neonatal dietician in the post-discharge evaluation and care of the patients when they came to the clinic. The project aimed to decrease the growth failure rate in infants with BPD who attend this clinic.
MOC Project Director
Ted Rosenkrantz, MD
Procedural Sedation Quality and Safety Improvement Initiative
The project sought to identify the complications associated with procedural sedation at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC), calculate the incidence of those complications and compare those rates to those benchmarked in the literature by members of the Society for Pediatric Sedation (SPS) and Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium (PSRC). Procedural sedation has become a topic of concern for the Joint Commission and the Center for Medicare Services, their involvement prompted our initial engagement in this review. The ultimate goal was to ensure that procedural sedation at CCMC was of the highest quality and as safe as or safer than sedation rendered at other national or international Children’s Hospitals.
Our institutional goal was to improve access, efficacy and safety for procedural sedation. Based on the 2008 data, we sought to decrease the incidence of inadequate sedation in the Dental and Audiology/EEG areas by 3% (to 6% in Dental and to 3% in Audiology/EEG) for the 2010 calendar year while maintaining safety (i.e., not increasing other complications during sedation such as apnea or hypoxia). A further decrease of 2-3% in 2011 was targeted (to 3% in Dental and 1% in Audiology/EEG) with a sustained rate of 1-2% in the ensuing years (2011-2012).
MOC Project Director
David Marcello, MD
Implementing “Strengthening FamiliesTM: A Protective Factors Framework” in Pediatric Primary Care
In addition to MOC credits, you may be eligible to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from Connecticut Children's Medical Center’s Office of Continuing Medical Education. Click here to learn more.
Pediatricians can play an important role in providing universal guidance and supports to parents/caregivers to care for themselves as a critical contributor to children’s healthy development. , The Strengthening FamiliesTM Protective Factors Framework Approach helps those who work with young children and their families support all families in promoting healthy development and reducing child maltreatment. Five protective factors associated in the research literature with improved child outcomes are the foundation of the Approach:
Parental Resilience: The ability of parents to form nurturing relationships and respond to stressful situations in productive ways.
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: A parent’s understanding of how children develop and the role families play in fostering development.
Social Connections: The positive relationships families need for emotional and concrete support.
Concrete Supports in Times of Need: A family’s ability to access help and resources when needed from informal and/or formal support networks.
- Social-Emotional Competence of Children: Children’s ability to express and control their emotions in a developmentally appropriate way.
Help Me Grow supports the Protective Factors Framework Approach . Together, the Help Me Grow National Center and CHDI will use the Approach as the basis for training in pediatric primary care practices in Help Me Grow communities. CHDI has the infrastructure to help practices understand and use the Approach, and promote practice changes that ensure its implementation in pediatric care.
The specific aim of this QI project is to increase the use of the Protective Factors Framework Approach as part of all pediatric well child services. Aim 1 is to address at least one protective factor per “one-month to 12-month old” well-child visit. Aim 2 is to address at least 3 protective factors of the course of each month.
Restricted to pediatric primary care practices at select Help Me Grow® sites throughout the U.S.
Lisa Honigfeld, Phd