Shriners Northern California Joins IPI

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We’re thrilled to welcome Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California to the Institute for Pediatric Innovation’s Pediatric Hospital Consortium. They join Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital. The Consortium is geographically diverse, representing a cross-section of the pediatric market. Each hospital brings something different to the collaboration.

Located in Sacramento, California, Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California is one of the nation’s leading surgical hospitals. Shriners Northern California specializes in children with complex surgical needs including orthopaedics, burn care, spinal cord injury and cleft lip/plastics.

As the newest addition to the Pediatric Hospital Consortium, representatives from Shriners will be taking part in this year’s Clinical Innovation Catalyst Program. Nurses, allied health professionals, and hospital executives from Shriners will collaborate with their counterparts from the three other hospitals to create innovative device solutions to CLABSI. CLABSI, or central line-associated blood stream infections, are hospital acquired infections that affect some of our most vulnerable pediatric patients.

In addition to hosting the first Clinical Innovation Catalyst Program Workshop of the year, Shriners Northern California is also continuing work that originated from last year’s program addressing pressure ulcers. Charlene Singh is a Pediatric Surgery Case Manager and Nurse Practitioner at Shriners. Charlene was previously involved with pressure ulcer prevention at Lucile Packard, where she worked with IPI in the last iteration of the Catalyst program. Today, she is conducting a pressure mapping study at Shriners to understand the causes of pressure ulcers in pediatric surgical patients. As a surgical hospital system, Shriners has enabled her to do this study on children in operating rooms, where pressure ulcers are unpredictable. She aims to understand what causes pressure ulcers in surgical situations in children and to use this to develop improved clinical guidelines for prevention.