COMMITTEE UPDATE

Quality Committee

Darren Klugman, MD
Children's National Health System
Washington, DC

Steven Schwartz, MD, MS
University of Toronto School of Medicine
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Darren Klugman, MD
Darren Klugman, MD
Steven Schwartz, MD, MS
Steven Schwartz, MD, MS

The PCICS Quality Committee met in Miami on December 14, 2018 and discussed the best way for this group to move forward and add value to a landscape in which several other organizations with better funding and infrastructure are addressing this important need for our field. Given that PCICS is best known for its annual meeting, and that quality education and science are an important part of that meeting, it makes sense for this particular group to focus on making sure that those elements of PCICS are of the highest caliber. More ambitious goals, such as providing guidelines or education around quality to specific units, seems best done in the context of institutional quality efforts and attempts by PCICS to address these perceived shortfalls at specific institutions are likely to be under-resourced and unlikely to be successful outside of a strongly supportive institution. Specific next steps include:

  1. Complete re-formation of the committee including leadership. Nominations, including self-nominations should be open to the entire membership. One nurse and one physician will be elected co-chairs by a vote of the PCICS Board of Directors once all nominations are received. All potential co-chairs and members should submit a paragraph to the PCICS Board of Directors via Sandra Peterson (sandra@societyhq.com) stating why they are interested in joining the Quality Committee and what they feel they can contribute. Candidates should specifically identify which of the four items below on which they are interested in working.
  2. The PCICS Quality Committee will focus on a) working with the Program Committee to determine the quality content of the Society’s Annual International Meeting; b) collaborating with the Research Committee to determine the quality research content to be presented at the  Annual International Meeting; c) reviewing any PCICS sponsored surveys dealing with quality issues and practices; and d) developing a web page with links to external quality resources germane to pediatric cardiac intensive care.
  3. It would be ideal if the Program, Research and potentially the International Committees, each have representation via liaisons on the Quality Committee, and likely vice-versa. Other committees, such as the Communications Committee may also benefit from collaboration with the Quality Committee. Similarly, the Quality Committee should seek liaisons from clinicians directly engaged with PC4, PAC3, NPC-QIC, CNOC and the IQIC, as well as any other relevant external quality organizations which focus on critically ill pediatric cardiac patients. This representation is likely best done at a more junior, rather than a senior level, within these organizations as it can provide an opportunity for networking and career development to those looking to establish themselves in this important and rapidly growing field.

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