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Development of a standardized clinical assessment and management plan for pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care




Pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome (PARDS) is one of the most challenging patient populations for a clinician to manage with mortality between 8 and 31%. The project was designed to identify patients with PARDS, implement management guidelines with the goal of standardizing practice. Our objectives were to describe the development and implementation of a protocolized approach to identify patients with PARDS and institute ventilator management guidelines. Patients who met criteria for moderate or severe PARDS as per the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference (PALICC) definitions were identified using the best practice alert (BPA) in the electronic health record (EHR). Patients who did not meet exclusion criteria qualified for management using the Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plan (SCAMP), a quality improvement (QI) methodology with iterative cycles. The creation of a BPA enabled identification of patients with PARDS. With our second cycle, the number of false BPA alerts due to incorrect data decreased from 66.7 (68/102) to 29.2% (19/65; pā€‰<ā€‰0.001) and enrollment increased from 48.3 (14/29) to 73.2% (30/41; pā€‰=ā€‰0.03). Evaluation of our statistical process control chart (SPC) demonstrated a shift in the adherence with the tidal volume guideline. Overall, we found that SCAMP methodology, when used in the development of institutional PARDS management guidelines, allows for development of a process to aid identification of patients and monitor adherence to management guidelines. This should eventually allow assessment of impact of deviations from clinical practice guidelines.

Author List

Prakadeshwari Rajapreyar, Jenny Andres, Christina Pano, Khris O'Brien, Alyssa Matuszak, Katie McDermott, Matt Powell, Kathy Murkowski, Mary Kasch, Stacey Hay, Tara L. Petersen, Rainer Gedeit, Martin Wakeham


Katie L. McDermott NP Nurse Practitioner Peds Crit Care in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin