Reducing pediatric liver transplant complications: A potential roadmap for transplant quality improvement initiatives within North America

M. J. Englesbe, B. Kelly, J. Goss, A. Fecteau, J. Mitchell, W. Andrews, G. Krapohl, J. C. Magee, G. Mazariegos, S. Horslen, J. Bucuvalas

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Abstract

Though robust clinical data are available within transplantation, these data are not used for broad-based, multicentered quality improvement initiates. This article describes a targeted quality improvement initiative within the Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) Registry. Using standard statistical techniques and clinical expertise to adjust for data and statistical reliability, we identified the pediatric liver transplant centers in North America with the lowest hepatic artery thrombosis rate and biliary complication rates. A survey was completed to establish current practices within the entire SPLIT group. Surgeons from the highest performing centers presented a detailed, technically oriented overview of their current practices. The presentations and discussion that followed were recorded and form the basis of the best practices described herein. We frame this work as a unique six-step approach roadmap that may serve as an efficient and cost effective model for novel broad-based quality improvement initiatives within transplantation. This viewpoint describes a multi-institutional quality collaborative approach within the Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation group and may represent a useful framework for physician-driven, broad-based quality improvement within transplantation. See editorial by Emond on page 2267.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2301-2306
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Volume12
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Best practices
  • biliary complications
  • hepatic artery thrombosis
  • pediatric liver transplantation
  • quality collaboration
  • quality improvement

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