At the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital, through a coordinated multidisciplinary approach involving dedicated respiratory therapists, NICU RNs, Neonatal NNPs, & neonatologists, we have been able to decrease the incidence of Retinopathy of Prematurity requiring laser treatment - a serious illness which can cause blindness and/or significant visual impairment to essentially 0% in our at risk preemies. Our program which involves the comprehensive management of oxygen administration was developed by the national Pediatrix Medical Group.
Building on the success of this effort & utilizing a similar, literature based approach, amongst other initiatives, we have been able to develop a program to decrease our central catheter association blood stream infections to < 1/1000 lines days. Decreasing hospital acquired infections is of course one of several goals recently announced by the director of the CDC.
All Pediatrix Medical Group physicians are required to attend regular Continous Quality Improvement (CQI) Summits in order to learn about Quality Improvement methodology and share successes.
These quality improvement methodologies work best when there is a strong administrative support such as we enjoy at Carilion Clinic.