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2015 AAP VON Scholars

Dupree Hatch, MD

Dr. Dupree Hatch is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Florida. He completed his Pediatric residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Hatch’s scholarly interests are in patient safety, systems factors and quality improvement in the NICU with particular interest in the area of respiratory safety. He completed a Master of Public Health degree from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine during his fellowship. His master’s thesis described the rate and type of adverse events associated with endotracheal intubation in the NICU and identified modifiable factors associated with these events that could be targeted through quality improvement efforts. This work has resulted in presentations at multiple national meetings including the 2014 VON Quality Congress and the 2015 Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting.

Currently Dr. Hatch is involved with two quality improvement projects in the Vanderbilt NICUs. The first of these projects involves improving the safety of endotracheal intubation. Work from this project has decreased the rate of adverse events associated with endotracheal intubation from 46% of all intubations to 35% in an 11-month period. He also leads the Vanderbilt NICU Unplanned Extubation QI team and is a member of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Airway Protection Committee.

2015 AAP VON Scholars »

TECaN and the Vermont Oxford Network

Buidling a Winning Partnership to Improve QI Education
for Neonatal-Perinatal Trainees

Trainee Opportunity

Five more scholarships will be available for the 2015 Meeting (October 2nd-4th, 2015) in Chicago, IL. Keep an eye out for more information, including a special fellow program at the meeting.

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Institute for Health Care Improvement - Open School

The IHI Open School offers students, residents, and faculty free online courses that teach the foundations of improvement, safety, system design, and leadership. Open School courses are also available to health care organizations and professionals for an annual fee. At approximately 200,000 members strong and growing, the Open School includes Chapters in more than 65 countries around the world.

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Featured QI Article

SQUIRE 2.0 Guidelines

Reporting quality improvement (QI) work in publication can be challenge. As a result, Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) guidelines were developed initially in 2008. These guidelines were just most recently updated and published in BMJ Quality and Safety in 2015. As your QI projects develop, the SQUIRE guidelines (in addition to the instructions for publication from the journal you are targeting) can be extremely helpful.

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Past Presentations

Developing a QI Project - John Hartline and Janel Muri »


There are several ways to gain additional training in Quality Improvement. While the list below is not exclusive, it does highlight some of the National courses offered around the United States, including links to the websites and tuition details.

List of QI Training Opportunities (April 3, 2015) »

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