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New PIM Focuses On Febrile Immunocompromised Systems

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 08:45

Infections are a common and sometimes fatal complication in young patients with compromised immune systems — such as children with sickle cell disease, or those undergoing cancer treatment or bone marrow transplant. Administering antibiotics in a timely manner is key, yet it can be difficult due to identification and communication issues, central line access issues and other barriers.

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (ASPHO) are teaming up to offer a new learning tool to help pediatricians break through these barriers and deliver antibiotics more quickly to children who need them.

Successful completion of the new Management of the Febrile Immunocompromised Child Performance Improvement Module (PIM) provides up to 20 continuing medication education (CME) credits from the American Academy of Pediatrics and helps pediatricians earn credit toward ABP requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4.

The purpose of the PIM is to:

  • Help physicians and their teams improve the time to antibiotic administration in febrile hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant patients
  • Teach the basics of Quality Improvement approaches and methods
  • Enable physicians to assess and improve the quality of care they deliver

At the end of this activity, the physician will be able to:

  • Measure and evaluate his/her antibiotic delivery in febrile patients over time
  • Apply standard quality improvement methods within his/her own practice
  • Design a standardized process of antibiotic delivery in febrile patients
  • Incorporate tools and strategies known to improve antibiotic delivery in febrile patients within his/her own practice

The PIM includes information about successful efforts to achieve 100 percent timely antibiotic delivery in both outpatient and emergency department settings in Colorado and Ohio. It includes a case study of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where a team of clerical staff, nurses, pharmacists and physicians dramatically reduced the time it took to deliver antibiotics by identifying barriers, establishing key drivers of the process, creating referral checklists and educating families.

Interested physicians can learn more about the Management of the Febrile Immunocompromised Child PIM (ABP login required) and other PIMs. For more information, contact