Effect of a real-time pediatric ICU safety bundle dashboard on quality improvement measures

Susanna J. Shaw, Brian Jacobs, David C. Stockwell, Craig Futterman, Michael C. Spaeder

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Background: Patient daily goal sheets have been shown to improve compliance with hospital policies but might not represent the dynamic nature of care delivery in the pediatric ICU (PICU) setting. A study was conducted at Children's National Health System (Washington, DC) to determine the effect of a visible, unitwide, real-time dashboard on timeliness of compliance with quality and safety measures. Methods: An automated electronic health record (EHR) - querying tool was created to assess compliance with a PICU Safety Bundle. Querying of the EHR for compliance and updating of the dashboard automatically occurred every five minutes. A real-time visual display showed data on presence of consent for treatment, restraint orders, presence of urinary catheters, deep venous thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis, Braden Q score, and medication reconciliation. Baseline com pliance and duration of noncompliance was established during three time periods: the first, before activation of the dashboard; the second, at one month following activation of the dashboard; and the third, at three months after activation. Results: A total of 450 patients were included in the analysis. Between the first and third time periods, the median time from PICU admission to obtaining treatment consent decreased by 49%, from 393 to 202 minutes (p = .05). The number of patients with urinary catheters in place > 96 hours decreased from 16 (32%) in Period 1 to 11 (19%) for Periods 2 and 3 combined (p = .01). Completion of medication reconciliation improved from 80% in the first time period to 93% and 92%, respectively, in the subsequent two periods (p = .002). There was no difference between the three periods in presence of restraint orders, DVT prophylaxis, or development or worsening of pressure ulcers. Conclusions: A unitwide dashboard can increase awareness for potential interventions, affecting patient safety in the PICU in a dynamic manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-420
Number of pages7
JournalJoint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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