The Power of Involving House Staff in Quality Improvement: An Interdisciplinary House Staff–Driven Vaccination Initiative

Susan Peterson, Ryan Taylor, Melinda Sawyer, Paul Nagy, Lori Paine, Sean Berenholtz, Redonda Miller, Brent Petty

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Abstract

Immunization for influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia were incorporated into The Joint Commission “global immunization” core measure January 1, 2012. The authors’ hospital chose to adhere strictly to guidelines to avoid overvaccination. An immunization order set was created to aid appropriate ordering practices. In spite of this effort, compliance rates remained below the goal. The objective was to improve compliance with inpatient vaccination core measures to >96%. An educational slide set was created and distributed by the Housestaff Patient Safety and Quality Council (HPSQC). A competition was established among departments. Finally, the HPSQC partnered with quality improvement staff to improve communication and optimize concurrent review processes. The average compliance prior to the HPSQC vaccination initiative was 78% for pneumococcal pneumonia and 84% for influenza; average compliance in the months following the intervention was 96% and 97.5%, respectively. This project yielded significant improvement in compliance with vaccination core measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-327
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 9 2015

Keywords

  • house staff
  • patient safety
  • quality improvement
  • vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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