Quality improvement activities of pediatric anesthesia in Australia and New Zealand: A snapshot survey

Elsa Taylor*, Tanisha Jowsey

*Corresponding author for this work

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Quality improvement and safety analytics in healthcare are well developed. Quality improvement in healthcare is fundamentally about identifying metrics of relevance, measuring these and enacting change in response. The quality and safety needs of patients are central1. Quality improvement initiatives must be feasible for, and often require culture change from, clinicians. Difficulties with achieving cultural change are widely acknowledged.

Broad health quality metrics are reported mandatorily to central government agencies in Australia and New Zealand. These metrics lack the granularity to assess pediatric anesthesia directly. In Australia and New Zealand, research and analysis of specific pediatric anesthesia quality and safety improvement initiatives are infrequently described in the medical literature. Is this because they are poorly imbedded or locally delivered and not reported? Quality improvement by clinicians is supported by identifying strengths and sharing learnings. In 2020, we therefore undertook a rapid research survey project, to ask pediatric anesthesia Heads of Departments what quality and safety improvement initiatives were on their agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1270-1272
Number of pages3
JournalPaediatric Anaesthesia
Issue number11
Early online date23 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


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