Continuous Improvement in Solid Organ Transplantation in Infants and Children

  • Burnett ‘Beau’ Kelly
  • Lisa Ware
Reference work entry
Part of the Organ and Tissue Transplantation book series (OTT)


Healthcare quality improvement has been adapted and developed to apply structure and formal strategy to identified gaps in healthcare delivery. Quality improvement methodology can be applied to identify variations in practice, minimize resource wastage, and optimize patient safety efforts. The objective of pediatric transplantation is to increase patient value (outcomes/“cost”) and the quantity/quality of life for children with end-stage organ failure through transplantation. The engagement of a multidisciplinary quality improvement team and program with transparent and well-communicated goals, institutional support, and a structured quality improvement program is fundamental to developing a culture of continuous improvement that optimally serves these high acuity patients.


Quality improvement Statistical process control (SPC) Defect Deficiency Root-cause-analysis (RCA) Benchmarking Outcomes measures A3 project boards Focused Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (FQAPI) PDSA Special cause variation Adverse events Patient value 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Surgical Director and Transplant Surgeon, DCI Donor ServicesSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.SacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Simon Horslen
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Seattle Children's HospitalUniversity of Washington School of MedicalSeattleUSA

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