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2007: Innovation in Healthcare for Infants
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Innovation in Healthcare for Infants

Presentations at 6th Annual National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality

WINFIELD, Ill., February 15, 2007 — Noteworthy advances are happening in pediatrics in the western suburbs as a team representing Children’s Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital will be presenting at the 6th Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Health Care in San Francisco, Cal. Jeffrey Loughead, MD, FAAP, FACN, Rita Allen Brennan RNC, MS, APN/CNS, and Patricia DeJuilio, BS, RRT, RCP, NPS of Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) will be presenting their experience entitled, “Creating and Implementing a ‘Bundle’ to Reduce Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit),” for The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) that has a purpose  to eliminate the gap between what is and what can be in healthcare for all children.  

This presentation describes a unique bundle of care practices designed to reduce and eliminate the potentially life threatening pneumonia that frequently complicates the care of critically ill patients including sick and immature infants. Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most common hospital acquired infection. VAP extends hospital stays, adds tens of thousands of dollars to hospital bills and can lead to chronic illness and/or death. CDH is one of the first institutions in the country to develop and publish measures to eliminate VAP in the NICU.

Dr. Loughead, medical director of Children’s Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital, is also the medical director for the Level III NICU at CDH. Brennan is the outcomes manager in Women and Children’s Services at CDH and DeJuilio, is a registered respiratory therapist and respiratory care practitioner with a specialty in neonatal pediatric patients.

They, along with other nationally recognized experts in children’s healthcare, will be presenting their successful strategies for improving care to over 600 child health professionals and parents on March 19–21, 2007 in San Francisco.  NICHQ’s Annual Forum is proving to be the premiere meeting place for professionals working to improve the care they give to children, youth and their families.  To learn more about sessions, activities and events at the 6th Annual Forum, please visit www.nichq.org.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. The collaboration with Children’s Memorial Hospital (www.CMHatCDH.org) provides children in the suburbs west of Chicago access to advanced pediatric care including pediatric and neonatal specialists of Children’s Memorial.

The hospital is an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information visit www.cdh.org.

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