Critical Care safety, quality and outcomes

Our safety and quality reports help families and partner providers make the most informed health care decisions for the benefit of their children and patients. We follow the Institute of Medicine's Six Dimensions of Care to structure our quality improvement efforts.

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Volumes and outcomes

We want our patients and families to have the best care experience possible. To continue to provide excellent care, we ask our guests to fill out a survey rating their care experience. The rating scale ranges from 0 to 10 where 0 is the worst experience and 10 is the best. We strive to achieve a 9 or 10 rating from every patient and family that chooses our care which is represented in the graph below.

More patients are seen in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin than other VPS PICUs.The data below shows the number of patients sent home or transferred from the PICU each quarter from Children's compared to the average number from the VPS reference group.

The standardized mortality ratio shows the number of deaths in a critical care unit relative to the degree of illness of the patients. A ratio greater than 1 says that there are more deaths than expected based on their degree of illness and a ratio less than 1 says that there are fewer deaths than expected. The calculation of standardized mortality ratio uses a validated tool (PIM 2) to predict mortality for a group of patients and is then compared to the actual number of deaths. The data show the standardized mortality rate for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin PICU compared other children's hospitals around the country that are part of the VPS database reference group.

Central venous catheters or central lines are commonly used in the pediatric intensive care unit to administer medications and fluids. A central line bloodstream infection can occur when bacteria enters the blood stream causing a patient to become sick. The likelihood of acquiring a bloodstream infection is calculated by the number of infections that occur for every 1,000 days a central line is in place. This graph uses data from the Children's Hospital infection control database. Infections are identified and confirmed weekly. Confirmations are made based on National Healthcare Safety Network/CDC criteria. Line days are counted by audit using the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions' (NACHRI) BSI Collaborative instructions. The NACHRI comparison group includes 26 pediatric hospitals nationwide.