Quality Metrics in Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport: A National Delphi Project.

Title

Quality Metrics in Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport: A National Delphi Project.

Creator

Schwartz Hamilton P; Bigham Michael T; Schoettker Pamela J; Meyer Keith; Trautman Michael S; Insoft Robert M

Publisher

Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies

Date

2015
2015-10

Description

OBJECTIVES: The transport of neonatal and pediatric patients to tertiary care facilities for specialized care demands monitoring the quality of care delivered during transport and its impact on patient outcomes. In 2011, pediatric transport teams in Ohio met to identify quality indicators permitting comparisons among programs. However, no set of national consensus quality metrics exists for benchmarking transport teams. The aim of this project was to achieve national consensus on appropriate neonatal and pediatric transport quality metrics. DESIGN: Modified Delphi technique. SETTING: The first round of consensus determination was via electronic mail survey, followed by rounds of consensus determination in-person at the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Transport Medicine's 2012 Quality Metrics Summit. SUBJECTS: All attendees of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Transport Medicine Quality Metrics Summit, conducted on October 21-23, 2012, in New Orleans, LA, were eligible to participate. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Candidate quality metrics were identified through literature review and those metrics currently tracked by participating programs. Participants were asked in a series of rounds to identify "very important" quality metrics for transport. It was determined a priori that consensus on a metric's importance was achieved when at least 70% of respondents were in agreement. This is consistent with other Delphi studies. Eighty-two candidate metrics were considered initially. Ultimately, 12 metrics achieved consensus as "very important" to transport. These include metrics related to airway management, team mobilization time, patient and crew injuries, and adverse patient care events. Definitions were assigned to the 12 metrics to facilitate uniform data tracking among programs. CONCLUSIONS: The authors succeeded in achieving consensus among a diverse group of national transport experts on 12 core neonatal and pediatric transport quality metrics. We propose that transport teams across the country use these metrics to benchmark and guide their quality improvement activities.

Subject

*Delphi Technique; Airway Management – Standards; Airway Management/standards; Benchmarking; Clinical Indicators; Critical Care – Standards; Critical Care Family Needs Inventory; Critical Care/*standards; Delphi Technique; Health Care; Hospitals; Humans; Multidisciplinary Care Team – Standards; Ohio; Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care); Outcomes (Health Care); Patient Care Team/standards; Patient Safety – Standards; Patient Safety/standards; Pediatrics – Standards; Pediatrics/*standards; Quality Indicators; Quality of Health Care – Standards; Quality of Health Care/*standards; Special; Tertiary Care Centers; Time Factors; Transportation of Patients – Standards; Transportation of Patients/*standards

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

711–717

Issue

8

Volume

16

Citation

Schwartz Hamilton P; Bigham Michael T; Schoettker Pamela J; Meyer Keith; Trautman Michael S; Insoft Robert M, “Quality Metrics in Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport: A National Delphi Project.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 21, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4383.

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