Unplanned readmissions

Quality and Outcomes Reports - Critical Care

Why we measure it - Sometimes children are readmitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit after being sent home or transferred to a different unit because the child became sicker after transfer. Sometimes readmissions can be prevented if problems are reviewed and improvements are made. This is a national quality measure for pediatric critical care endorsed by the National Quality Forum.

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What this means - The data show the percent of unplanned readmissions to the PICU within 24 hours of PICU discharge. The rate is based on the total number of unplanned readmissions within 24 hours divided by the total number of discharges times 100.

About the data - The data reflect the rate of unplanned readmissions to Children's Hospital PICU as compared with other children's hospitals around the country that are part of the VPS database reference group.

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How we provide the best care

  • A group of pediatric critical care physicians review every unplanned readmission within 24 hours of discharge to the PICU. This review looks at factors that may lead to an unplanned readmission. Multidisciplinary quality efforts are started when system problems are identified

Level I regional referral center

The Al McGuire Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is a Level I regional referral center that provides the highest level of pediatric critical care. It is one of the few PICUs in the region offering extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a type of heart-lung bypass.

Family accommodations

Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Family Accommodations Program to make travel arrangements and coordinate appointments. Children's Hospital has partnered with nonprofit organizations like Ronald McDonald House offer comfortable, "home away from home" accommodations. Local hotel chains on our referral list also offer discounts for patient families.