Division of Emergency Medicine | Quality & Safety

The mission of the Emergency Department Quality Program is to promote the highest quality care for ill and injured children, continually assessing performance against others and promoting learning from both within and outside the organization. The program is led by the Quality Committee, a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses, administrators, and experts in quality improvement. The major focus for 2019-2020 is the development and implementation of several condition-specific clinical pathways; as of August 2019, we have launched 33 such guidelines and tracking quality measures for each. We have improved the standardization of care around the most common and high-risk conditions while reducing low-value diagnostic tests and treatments. We also have specific initiatives for improving care of patients with sepsis, asthma, and behavioral health problems. Our strong quality assurance program also reviews all major procedures and the care of children requiring multiple ED visits.

Finally, our quality leaders are defining the standards for high-quality, safe emergency care for children through prominent positions on national committees and through highly regarded peer-reviewed publications.