Dr. Sarah Parker, a pediatric infectious disease expert and graduate of the Certificate Training Program, shares the more than $2 million cost savings obtained by building the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program through the CTP.
Drs. Mary Anderson, Jason Stoneback and Kelly McDevitt, RN, Certificate Training Program graduates, and Dr. Ethan Cumbler, a founding faculty member of IHQSE, share the outcomes of a comprehensive geriatric hip fracture program. The program, completed as part of the Certificate Training Program resulted in nearly a day reduction in length of stay, increases in patient follow up, and significant improvements in osteoporosis treatment.
Drs. Ethan Cumbler and Read Pierce, both IHQSE faculty members, help to understand how QI success can lead to future failure. Using the analogy of airplane lift, the two show how flight (QI success) leads to increased wingtip vortices spiraling behind the plane resulting in drag (difficulty sustaining success with current and future QI projects) and offer suggestions to address the change fatigue common in QI.
The IHQSE Certificate Training Program helped Dr. Sarah Parker, an infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, build stronger interactions between the infectious disease and clinical teams.
Dr. Sarah Parker, an IHQSE graduate from Children’s Colorado Hospital, reports on the benefits of a streamlined antibiotic regimen in children with appendicitis. The work, a by-product of their enrollment in the Certificate Training Program shows how a simplified antimicrobial regimen can lower costs and improve outcomes in patients with or without perforated appendices.
Certificate Training Program graduate Dr. Mary Anderson and IHQSE faculty members Drs. Jeff Glasheen and Read Pierce report no difference in hospital LOS or mortality in states who did and did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Drs. Jason Child and Sarah Parker, Certificate Training Program graduates, published the outcomes of their QI project showing a 10.9% reduction in antimicrobial use over a 4-year period. Their ‘handshake stewardship’ program resulted in a greater than 20% reduction in broad spectrum antibiotic usage such as vancomycin and meropenem.