Pediatric transplantation faces unique challenges in implementing dynamic quality improvement measures because of proportionally smaller volumes compared to adults, logistics of being integrated successfully within larger or complex hospital systems, lack of adult-affiliated transplant centers, varying focus in prioritization of relevant outcome metrics, and potential lack of sufficient resources.
To address these challenges, multiinstitutional collaborations have developed which have proven increasingly effective in driving awareness and quality improvement measures to supplement regulatory efforts in the pediatric population. Relevant work from the Pediatric Heart Transplant Society and Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation will be highlighted. The introduction of learning networks such as the Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative and the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation have further focused on continuous learning initiatives in renal and liver transplantation using collaboration and patient informed measures.
Optimal transplant performance improvement is fully integrated into health delivery at all points of the patient pathway. Progress in performance improvement will require ongoing integration of big data solutions, improved patient engagement and technology solutions.
aDCI Donor Services, Sacramento, California
bDivision of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
cPediatrics and Clinical and Translational Research, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
dDivision of Nephrology and Hypertension, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
eDepartment of Surgery, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Correspondence to George V. Mazariegos, MD, Department of Surgery, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 4401 Penn Avenue, FP 6th Floor, 6141, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, USA. Tel: +1 412 692 7867; e-mail: email@example.com
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