Children's Commitment to Caring

In 2008, through Children’s Commitment to Caring, the CCE launched a wave of quality improvement projects in N.C. Children's Hospital. The projects resulted in

  • significantly reduced infection rates (specifically central line-associated bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonias) in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit;
  • slightly reduced time to discharge on floors 5, 6, and 7;
  • reduced barriers to breastfeeding in the Newborn Critical Care Center; and
  • reduced pediatric surgery cancellations due to NPO (nothing by mouth) violations.

The projects were led by nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, and administrators. In all, over 100 faculty and staff from across the Children's Hospital contributed to these quality improvement efforts.

Children's Commitment to Caring continues to conduct quality improvement projects in the Children's Hospital under the guidance of the Children's Leadership Council.