As demonstrated by our SPS mission statement, “high quality care” and quality improvement (QI) has been a focus of our society since its inception. In this light, we are planning to offer a new member benefit to assist our members who participate in the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Although the SPS is not an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Portfolio Sponsor, we can help your team or you as an individual to complete sedation-related MOC QI projects through the ABP Small Group pathway. Specifically, we are offering two pathways to assist you in obtaining MOC Part 4 QI credit.
One pathway (the “Independent Pathway”) offers members access to a list of sedation-related small group QI projects that have been successfully carried out for ABP MOC credit by other SPS members within the past few years. We will provide you with the project Aims, Interventions, Metrics, and References so that you can independently adapt the project to your own setting. Currently available examples include a project focused on reducing pain and anxiety for Voiding Cystourethrograms (VCUGs), a project aimed at increasing use of topical anesthetic for IV placement, and a project centered on the use of dexmedetomidine for Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing. The list of available projects will grow over time, and we encourage our members to share ideas for QI projects using this format.
The other pathway (the “Current Group” pathway) provides a mechanism for members to take part in an annual current small group QI project. For this pathway, an SPS MOC Subcommittee member will serve as the project coordinator. Data tracking will be coordinated through the SPS, and the SPS will cover the ABP submission fee at the conclusion of the project. We are currently in the process of initiating the inaugural pilot project, centered around standardization of COVID-19 screening and PPE use during the sedation time-out process.
Going forward, the SPS MOC subcommittee will serve as a Project Sponsor clearinghouse, and approximately annually the subcommittee will choose a project, solicit participants from the interest list, identify a project leader, and facilitate the completion of the project. As each “current” project is successfully completed, it will be added to the library of available past projects for “independent” use by the membership.
We hope that you will find this new member benefit to be of practical use and that it helps you to improve the quality of pediatric sedation at your institution. As an added enticement to participate, successful completion of any of these QI projects could also be easily incorporated into an SPS Center of Excellence application. For questions about this new benefit, or if you’re interested in joining the MOC QI subcommittee, please contact Sue Kost or Urmila Tirodker.