(QI) is a systematic approach, using tested methods and tools, to enhance the
overall quality of a product or service. Illinois EMSC is committed to
improving the quality of care within the pediatric emergency and critical care
system. All of us must work together to develop effective strategies for
delivering high quality service to the pediatric population that we serve within
our EMS/EMSC system.
Illinois EMSC has assisted with the
development of pediatric quality improvement committees within each of the
eleven EMS regions to enhance prehospital and emergency department quality
improvement activities. The goal of this webpage is to provide you with
proven QI methods and resources to ensure your QI initiatives are worthwhile
and meaningful. Included in this page are template data collection tools
and examples of quality improvement successes within our state.
Learn the basics
of the QI process, key methods, tools and techniques that you can utilize in
your QI projects.
New Pediatric Quality Coordinator
If you are new to the role of
Pediatric Quality Coordinator (PQC), click here for
valuable resources, contact information and
frequently asked questions.
Go to the
map where you can access region - specific information.
The QI manual refers to the "big,
blue binder" that all recognized hospitals originally received. The QI manual offers
practical information and resources for the Pediatric Quality Coordinator including: the
role and responsibilities of a PQC, sample monitor templates and rapid
cycle quality improvement techniques.
Regional Meeting Calendar
link provides you with a calendar outlining the Pediatric Quality Coordinator
committee meetings for each
QI Data Reporting Worksheet
worksheet allows for data entry for individual hospitals and produces
peer-comparison reports. You can download and adapt this excel spreadsheet
to your own region's QI project specifications. Follow the instructions on
the first tab to use this worksheet.
Data Collection Tool Examples
This link provides template data collection tools
for a variety of clinical issues including: interfacility transfers, deaths,
resuscitations, pain management, respiratory distress,
and administration of antipyretics. You can download and adapt these
documents to fit your own QI project specifications.
EMSC Shared Resources
Find links to handouts, announcements, and other EMSC -
related information that has been distributed by the Illinois EMSC office.
EMSC QI Success Stories
Each regional QI
committee identifies quality indicators of local interest and defines a related
record review tool. The QI committee members then perform reviews of cases at
their own facility for comparison to their peer facilities. Since 2001, these
regional indicators have shown a number of improvements, summarized as regional
QI success stories.