Much of the work from the Quality and Safety Committee is done by smaller workgroups, each with a specific task or project at various stages of completion. This very active committee has accomplished many safety projects, with more in progress. We are always looking for members interested in serving.
Repository of Guidelines
One of the ongoing resources maintained by the Quality and Safety Committee is the Repository on the SPS website. This requires regular updating as new guidelines are published and old ones become obsolete. If you have suggestions for a guideline that is missing or want to assist in the upkeep of the repository, the person leading this task currently is Laurie Burton, MD.
Pediatric Sedation Center of Excellence
We have worked to define what the gold standard looks like for a pediatric sedation center of excellence and at the most recent SPS Annual Conference, the first SPS Pediatric Sedation Center of Excellence designations was awarded to six institutions. This designation will continue to be given yearly at the conference. If your team is interested in applying, see the Quality & Safety section on the SPS website for more information and the process for applying. We have also gathered data from our PSRC institutions on practices they use to provide quality sedation care and this data will be collated and shared in the hopefully near future on the SPS website as well as in manuscript form and potentially at other national conferences.
Next steps in the Center of Excellence journey are to investigate ways to adapt the current center of excellence recognition process to dental providers that go above and beyond to provide safe pediatric sedation in their practices.
The SPS scholarly grant’s first award was announced at the SPS annual meeting in May of 2018 to Dr. Jocelyn Grunwell. Each year the SPS awards up to $10,000 in grant money for research, education or quality work that will advance pediatric procedural sedation. Applications for the grant are accepted yearly and awards will again be announced at the conference in May. For more information on the application process, visit the SPS website. To help the committee review grant applications, contact Amber Rogers, MD.
Joint Commission Readiness
The newest Quality & Safety subgroup is our Joint Commission Readiness team. The goals of this subgroup are to put together a guideline for institutions preparing for their TJC visits. If you would like to join their group, contact Nicole Johnson, MD or Jennifer Setlik, MD.
Maintenance of Certification Part 4
An exciting opportunity for the physicians in the Society is the potential to obtain MOC 4 credit more easily through the SPS. Elise van der Jagt, MD and Urmila Tirodker, MD are working with Open Pediatrics to develop a process to collaborate together to create an online platform making QI projects/processes and the MOC credit more structured, efficient and accessible. Stay tuned to see how this unfolds!
Right now Elise and Urmila are asking members to send summaries of well-formulated QI projects that institutions have done that may work well as initial multi-center projects. If you have such a QI project or are interested in helping with this, contact Elise van der Jagt, MD.
Sedation Metric Development
The Quality and Safety Committee continues to support sedation metric development. The patient and family satisfaction survey project lead by Corrie Chumpitazi, MD is beginning the validation process of the survey they developed using a modified Delphi approach. The validation process is multicenter and in a variety of settings (EDs, sedation units, etc). The sedation risk score data collection is complete and the group led by Mark Buckmaster, MD is working on continued analysis to make it suitable for publication. Pradip Kamat, MD is leading research evaluating the sedation prescreening process and its impact on outcomes.