South African Nurses to Visit Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as Part of a Quality Improvement Project to Reduce ICU Infections

Visit is part of an ongoing Children’s HeartLink-sponsored partnership between the two hospitals.

-- On July 26, 2010, three nurses from the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, will arrive at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University to train, exchange and observe medical and clinical practices and to kick off a joint quality improvement project. The quality improvement project, which will continue over the coming months, will investigate strategies for reducing catheter-associated bloodstream infections in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

The visit and quality improvement project evolves out of an ongoing “twinning” partnership, called Best Outcomes through Nursing Children with Excellence (BOuNCE), between Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Lucile Packard. Children’s HeartLink has sponsored and facilitated the partnership since 2006. The objectives for BOuNCE are to foster the professional development of the critical care nurses at both hospitals, to develop formalized strategies for nurse retention and to mutually improve clinical practices and patient care.
The Red Cross pediatric ICU nurses, Susan Carolus and Bernadette Jennifer Francis, and infection control specialist, Charmain Joy Rinquist, will work with Lucile Packard nurses, Joanne Fioravanti, Eileen Garrison, Michele Santilhano, Tracy Pablo, Kathleen Carney, Ellie Taft, Sarah Ferrari, Heather Freeman and Sandy Staveski.
Currently, Ferrari, Garrison and Staveski are in the process of redesigning how certain policies are developed and implemented at Lucile Packard. The new policy process utilizes mindmapping techniques, is more nurse-friendly and should have positive effects on standardizing nursing practice. This project is based on a design originally developed by Red Cross nurses and is an example of how the exchange of ideas, knowledge and people between two partnering institutions directly benefits both partners.
“The BOuNCE project is a unique program for Children’s HeartLink. We are thrilled to be sponsoring such a beneficial exchange of knowledge and expertise between two great hospitals,” said Elizabeth Perlich Sweeney, President of Children's HeartLink. “Through this cross-cultural collaboration we’ve seen both hospitals improve their ability to provide world-class pediatric cardiac care.”
Staveski, along with Minette Coetzee, Associate Professor of Child Nurse Practice Development at Red Cross War Memorial, and Andreas Tsakistos, International Programs Coordinator at Children’s HeartLink, will be presenting the BOuNCE project at the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) Annual Leadership Conference, which takes place October 17-20, 2010, in Minneapolis.


About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at its core, is the Bay Area’s largest health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. As the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California, and one of just 11 nationwide to be named on the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, Packard Children’s Hospital is a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty. Stanford Children’s Health offers care ranging from the routine to rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, Stanford Children’s Health can be accessed through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 60 locations across Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, Stanford Children’s Health is committed to supporting the community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to training the next generation of doctors and medical professionals. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in 2016, Stanford Children’s Health looks forward to the fall 2017 debut of its expanded pediatric and obstetric hospital campus. Discover more at and on the Healthier, Happy Lives blog. Join Stanford Children’s Health on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


About Children’s HeartLink
Founded in 1969, Children’s HeartLink is a medical non-governmental organization working in partnership with health care centers in underserved regions of the world to promote sustainable cardiac care for children with congenital or acquired heart disease. Children’s HeartLink partners with health care providers in medically underserved areas, empowering local hospitals to care for children in their region with consistent, quality and sustainable pediatric cardiac services.
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