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December 2017 – PCICS Poster Presentation

March 27, 2018

Drs. Meg Kihlstrom and Daniel Lercher had the opportunity to share a poster presentation at the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society annual meeting.  This poster outlined a newly implemented “Ventricular Septal Defect Pre-PICU Clinical Pathway.  The pathway was created by a multidisciplinary Lean Six Sigma team who desired to expand the current post-operative pathway in … Continued

Clinical Pathway Implementation Continues

March 7, 2013

The March 2013 TICKER newsletter describes the continued pathway development and the trend toward decreased length of stay. Also included is an article written by TICKER investigators Drs. Tina Schade Willis, Scott Buck, and Michael Mill for this month’s winter edition of the AAP Quality Connections. Read the newsletter here.

Milestones Achieved

November 12, 2012

Accomplishments of Project TICKER were presented at a milestone celebration October 24, 2012. Although September marked the end of the two-year project, we will continue activities with remaining grant funds. The Fall newsletter describes milestones reached and next steps.

More Teamwork Improvements!

July 27, 2012

The Children’s Intermediate Cardiac Care unit (CICC) is the third project area, along with the cardiothoracic OR team and Newborn Critical Care Center, to show statistically significant improvement in teamwork scores between baseline and post-intervention, as measured by the Team Events Assessment Non-Technical Skills (TENTS) observation tool. Team events observed included morning rounds and briefings. … Continued

NCCC Improves Teamwork Scores

May 3, 2012

The Neonatal Critical Care Center (NCCC) showed statistically significant improvement in teamwork scores between baseline and post-intervention, as measured by the Team Events Assessment Non-Technical Skills (TENTS) observation tool. Team events observed included morning rounds and briefings. View the full size chart and description here.

Project TICKER Spring newsletter

May 3, 2012

During the previous quarter, we held a communication learning session with family advisors and made more progress on the integrated clinical pathway for VSD repairs. We also thank our interns who conducted teamwork observations for the project evaluation. Read the newsletter here.

TICKER Poster Presented at International Conference

May 3, 2012

Dr. Tina Schade Willis, principal investigator for Project TICKER, presented a poster titled, “Improved Teamwork in a Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Operating Suite,” at the 17th International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare April 17-20, 2012. The poster described the first phase of the project which involved teamwork training and coaching with the pediatric cardiac … Continued

Project TICKER Winter newsletter

February 2, 2012

During the previous quarter, we achieved our aim of providing teamwork training to personnel throughout the pediatric cardiac surgery service line and made progress toward our aim of developing integrated clinical pathways, including involvement from TICKER family advisors. Read the newsletter here.

TICKER Quality Improvement Conference Held

January 31, 2012

A multidisciplinary team, representing all sub-specialties treating pediatric cardiac surgery patients, met January 23 to review data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) national database. As a result of the meeting, work groups were formed to address care for common complications. A regularly scheduled peer review quality improvement conference is one of the structure … Continued

ICP Tools Made Available

December 21, 2011

Several pilots have been completed, testing integrated clinical pathways tools for patients with ventrical septal defect (VSD). Now available from the toolkit are Daily Goals Sheets for the day of surgery, post-operative days 1 and 2, and goals for discharge. Download the tools here.