The Third Annual Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative Conference, held on April 3 and 4, 2014, attracted more than 200 attendees from all over the state from a variety of disciplines. This annual two-day educational program is intended to expand the knowledge and skill base for perinatal health care practitioners in a range of vocations and specialties as well as other perinatal health-related professionals in the identification of QI opportunities, the planning and implementation of QI initiatives and the advancement of evidence-based practices at the institutional, community, state and national levels.
William Sappenfield, MD, MPH opened the conference with an overview of recent FPQC initiatives entitled “Where in Florida is the FPQC?” Plenary sessions by nationally recognized speakers covered the topics of patient safety in obstetrics, family-centered care in the neonatal intensive care unit, California’s hospital quality measurement initiative, social determinants of birth outcome disparities, and growth in preterm infants, appealing to a wide variety of attendees from both neonatal and maternity care. Dr. Donna Petersen, dean of the University of South Florida College of Public Health, moderated a panel on the impact of health care reform on perinatal care in Florida, which included Beth Kidder from the Agency for Health Care Administration, Dr. John Curran representing Children’s Medical Services, and Dr. Jeff Jensen from the private sector.
National speakers included Elliott Main, MD from the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative; Christina Lloyd from the March of Dimes; James Collins, Jr., MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Reese Clark, MD, from the Center for Research Education and Quality. Attendees participated in break-out sessions on eight different topics, including neonatal abstinence syndrome, obstetric hemorrhage, preeclampsia and eclampsia, neonatal nutrition and growth, antenatal steroids, and more. These sessions provided the opportunity for sharing experiences, discussion, and exploration of new areas of perinatal quality improvement. The FPQC also debuted their new video, “We Just Haven’t Gone Far Enough: Florida’s Campaign to Reduce Early Elective Delivery,” which features ACOG District XII Chair Dr. Robert Yelverton and Vice-Chair Dr. Karen Harris.
Additionally, this year’s conference featured awards for the best poster from our poster session in which hospitals and organizations shared their obstetric and neonatal quality improvement initiatives and research. The Grand Prize winner was “Collaborative Approach to Reduction of CLABSI in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” with lead presenter Ann L. Diaz of Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. Ms. Diaz won a free registration for next year’s FPQC Annual Conference. Honorable Mentions included: “Improving Nurse to Patient Communication on an Antepartum Unit,” lead author Nancy Flores; “The Hard Stop: Decreasing Elective Deliveries and NICU Admissions Before 39 Weeks,” lead presenter L. Laurie Scott, Memorial Healthcare System; and “Multidisciplinary OBGYN Morbidity and Mortality Conference: A Unique Approach,” by lead presenter Jessica Jackson of Sacred Heart Hospital.
The FPQC has received overwhelmingly positive reviews of the Third Annual Conference, and the increase in attendance from last year emphasized the growing interest in the Collaborative. Participants reported gaining an increased understanding of the importance of collaboration at the state level and data-driven quality improvement. Due to the Conference’s success, preparations have begun to plan next year’s Conference to deliver the same high-quality learning and networking environment.
Written By: Emily A. Bronson, MA, MPH