Quality Improvement thrives at Island Health with PQI 3 and upcoming Vancouver Island Quality Showcase

Dr Sarah Lea presenting her PQI project

Island Health medical staff from the third Physician Quality Improvement cohort gathered in Langford this week to present their PQI projects. This was the seventh and final workshop event for cohort three before the graduation event in September and kick-off for cohort four.

Cohort three projects range from pediatrics to geriatrics, and many more. To provide a snapshot: Dr. Wilma Arruda looked into improving pediatric care for marginalized children, Dr. Jennifer Kouwenberg examined neonatal opioid dependency and Dr. Nisha Pillay focused on babies with hypoglycemia.

Cohort three is also the first PQI cohort in British Columbia to include a Nurse Practitioner. Co-Department Head, Chaundra Willms presented her project regarding reducing inappropriate blood prescribing. Using data from a chart review, Chaundra looked into the patterns of inappropriate blood prescribing in acute settings.

The Physician Quality Improvement initiative is the result of collaboration between Doctors of BC, the Ministry of Health and Island Health. Medical staff with quality improvement ideas apply to the program and accepted applications receive one-year of support. This includes quality improvement curriculum delivered in a cohort workshop environment and support from a dedicated team to help their quality improvement project. If you have any questions, please reach out to or see the PQI webpage on the medical staff website.

At the end of the month, approximately 300 people will gather in Nanaimo for Vancouver Island Quality Showcase 2019. Attendees will get to see the efforts and achievements of the Quality work being done in Island Health and celebrate our accomplishments, collaborate with patients and peers and inspire involvement in engagement and improvement.

A few spaces are available. To register, click here.

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