Responding to the tremendous variation in neonatal and pediatric critical care transport practices, transport programs from six children’s hospitals in Ohio are working to establish a set of quality measures.

The metrics represent the highest clinical and operational priorities in the field of neonatal and pediatric transport. Each organization will be able to compare its performance on these metrics to those of other programs. Organizations that excel at particular measures will teach others their “best practices.”

Photo courtesy of Akron Children’s Hospital

The wide variation in pediatric/neonatal critical care transport practices inspired personnel from six Ohio hospitals to work on setting quality measures in their field, a model they say could be used by other specialties.

Each year, more than 200,000 newborns, infants and children are transported from a local hospital to a regional hospital for specialty neonatal or pediatric care, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Operational...

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