How can an iPad facilitate burn care? And how can a surgeon, an engineer and a multidisciplinary team come together to develop a Burn app for the iPad? Those are just two of the questions Shriners Hospital burn surgeon Dr. Tina Palmieri explored with representatives from four of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals meeting at the Northern California Shriners Hospital for a two-day workshop on clinical innovation. “The key thing is you work together,” said Dr. Palmieri, who was joined by Nam Tran, Ph.D., associate director of the Point-of-Care Testing Center for Teaching and Research at UC Davis, in leading the lunchtime presentation.
Clinicians from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital traveled to Sacramento to kick-off the 2016 Clinical Innovation Catalyst Program organized by the Institute of Pediatric Innovation (IPI). The Northern California Shriners Hospital is the newest member of the national consortium of children’s hospitals working to advance care through collaboration, technology and innovation. Those participating in the 2016 catalyst program are working together to identify and develop infrastructure that can support future clinical innovations to reduce the incidence of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI).
“We are living and working in a new collaborative era of medicine, and the IPI provides a platform that promotes discovery, innovation and positive outcomes,” says Margaret Bryan, administrator and CEO at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.
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.