Quality improvement is a process consisting of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement. In healthcare this process leads to improvements in patient care outcomes, health care services and the health status of targeted patient groups.
Quality improvement requirements are a key component in the Pediatric Facility Recognition program to assure that aspects of pediatric emergency and critical care undergo continuous monitoring and evaluation.
Below are links to various quality improvement resources. In addition, the National EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) has developed a number of toolkits and resources designed to advance improvement in specific aspects of pediatric emergency care.
AHRQ is a lead national agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of healthcare. This website provides access to such resources as evidence-based clinical guidelines, quality indicators and grant/funding opportunities.
ISMP is a non-profit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. Their website provides access to numerous educational resources as well as a safety tools and resources.