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Hot Topics in Neonatology® Conference
Monday, December 11 – Wednesday, December 13
$525 Fellows, Residents, Nursing, Allied Health**
$775 All Other Registrants

**PLEASE NOTE: There is an additional discount for clinicians who are a member of the Trainee and Early Career Neonatologist (TECaN) group of the AAP Section on Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine. That discount code will be shared directly with group members by TECaN. 



​Neonatal Quality at Hot Topics® (Pre-conference)
December 10, 2017
​$100 Fellows, Residents, Nurses, Allied Health
$200 All Other Registrants



You will need to choose two concurrent sessions at registration if you are attending the quality conference. (Concurrent sessions will run from 1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – you will have the opportunity to attend two different sessions during that time.) Descriptions are below.


Beyond the Basics: Additional Quality Improvement Methods You Should Be Using 
Munish Gupta, MD, MMSc; Gautham Suresh, MD, DM, MS

Numerous tools and methods are available to support quality improvement (QI) efforts in health care. Some of these are well known and should be included in the foundation of any QI program, such as the steps in the Model for Improvement and the plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycle. Many others are not as commonly used, but still can be extremely useful. In this workshop, we will provide a practical introduction to QI tools that are ‘beyond the basics’, such as checklists, affinity diagrams, process mapping, and failure mode effect analysis.  

How Can Orchestrated Testing Be Applied and Effectively Impact Quality Outcome Projects?
Beverly Brozanski, MD; Eugenia K. Pallotta, MD, MSCE; Anthony J. Piazza, MD 

The Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium was established as a grass root organization in 2006 from leaders of children’s hospital level IV neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). The CHNC also established a quality improvement subgroup and SLUG Bug (Standardizing Line Care Under Guideline Recommendations) was their first project. This collaborative was one of the first to utilize orchestrated testing (OT) to identify specific components of care bundles that contributed to outcome improvement. OT is a planned experimental approach that enables testing of multiple changes during one time-period. By implementing this kind of design, interactions among interventions are demonstrated, fewer resources are needed, and outcomes can be reached faster.


Root Cause Analysis- A Core Tool for Patient Safety  
Stephen Pearlman MD, MSHQS

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is an essential tool in evaluating Serious Safety Events (SSE). This session will have a didactic component describing the necessary steps used in RCA including some of the specific paradigms used in event analysis. A practical component will focus on working through an RCA regarding a specific neonatal SSE. 

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