American Family Children's Hospital is committed to the safety of its young patients and works hard to maintain and improve its care by monitoring its performance. 

One of the ways to ensure excellent care is by adhering to nationally-recommended standards. American Family Children's Hospital strives to set the most effective course of care, and quality measures in this section relay how effective we are in using these best practices.

Children's Asthma Care

Asthma is the most common disease in children, making the application of standardized treatment important for the health of our young patients. The chart below shows the percentage of American Family Children's Hospital patients 2 to 17 years old who received the following recommended asthma treatment:

  • Relievers for inpatient asthma (2-17 years old)
  • Systemic corticiosteroids for inpatient asthma (2-17 years old)
  • Home management plan of care document given to patient/caregiver
 
  Q1 2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2011 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012
American Family Children's Hospital Rates 64.3 66.7 18.2 60 76.5 83.3 83.3

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection Collaborative

This multiyear effort is focused on preventing central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Participants in this initiative learn how to reliably implement "best practice" bundles to prevent these infections. According to the National Association of Children's Hosptial and Related Institutions, this collaborative has saved 457 lives and $133,139,408, and prevented nearly 4,000 infections since 2006.

  • Vertical axis: Infection rates (number of related infections per 1,000 catheter line days)
  • Horizontal axis: Month and year
 
  11/11 12/11 1/12 2/12 3/12 4/12 5/12 6/12 7/12 8/12 9/12 10/12
American Family Children's Hospital Rates 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0

Immunizations

UW Hospital and Clinics is participating in a national initiative to improve up-to-date immunization rates for all 2-year-old children. The goal is to create a healthier population by reducing preventable diseases through timely immunizations. The chart below shows the percentage of 2-year-old patients who have received all appropriate immunizations at three UW Health locations.

 
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
East Clinic 70 90 74 79 78 79
West Clinic 93 84 82 81 85 88
University Station 71 77 77  70  78  85  94 
National Goal 90 90 90 90 90 90

Pediatric Quality Indicators

Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDIs) focus on potentially preventable complications and events for pediatric patients treated in hospitals. This quality measure looks at specific complications/events on a monthly basis in 2012. These measures include:

  • Foreign object left in the body during a surgical procedure
  • Adverse condition/injury to the lung occurring during a procedure
  • Excessive postoperative bleeding

Note: Months with no graphical values are months without event.

 
  Nov Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan
Foreign body left during procedure 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Adverse condition/injury to the lung 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Excessive postoperative bleeding 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0