A recent quality improvement study conducted at Nationwide Children’s Hospital suggests that inter-professional collaboration between nurses and physicians combined with a thoughtful campaign to increase awareness of published guidelines is successful in improving the care of infants admitted with unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia.
Using the Model for Improvement, a team led by Dr. Kimberly Tartaglia and Dr. Richard McClead implemented a guideline for the inpatient management of jaundiced neonates, with ongoing feedback given to the faculty on group performance. Their results demonstrated both improved compliance with American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines as well as increased support for breastfeeding mothers.
Tartaglia KM, Campbell J, Paul Shaniuk P, McClead RE. A Quality Project to Improve Compliance With AAP Guidelines for Inpatient Management of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia Hospital Pediatrics. 2013 July 1, 3 (3): 251 -257.