CERTAIN's Safe and Sound collaborative strives to improve the availability, use, and quality of ultrasound for appendicitis in kids. Safe and Sound will increase use of ultrasound as the first imaging study for children with appendicitis by 50% over 1 year by increasing the availability of ultrasound in hospitals, galvanizing public and payer pressure to increase the use of ultrasound, and providing training so that clinicians and technologists are more confident and skilled using ultrasound in kids.
Safe and Sound held a kickoff meeting on Tuesday February 11, 2014, with 23 participants from six hospital sites, including ER physicians, radiologists, pediatricians, and surgeons. The agenda included presentations reviewing existing SCOAP data on current use of ultrasound and CT in the diagnosis of appendicitis in Washington State and of implementation tools that could be used to improve ultrasound use and quality. The meeting culminated in an active and exciting discussion about the future work of Safe and Sound and the initiatives the collaborative will undertake in the coming year to improve the care of children in Washington State.
Congratulations to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Madigan Army Medical Center, and Swedish Medical Center who signed our pledge and became founding hospital partners in Safe and Sound!