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Matthew Ryzewski, DO

UMass Memorial Healthcare

Dr. Matthew Ryzewski is currently a 3rd year Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center-UMass Memorial Healthcare in Worcester, MA. He attended medical school and NY College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency in Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.

Dr. Ryzewski has worked on two Quality Improvement (QI) projects during his fellowship. In 2013, he co-lead a multidisciplinary group to improve communication to families of infants affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). He developed a novel prenatal consultation system and an educational video for high-risk mothers at UMass to help dispel myths regarding care of the infant affected by NAS. He has also presented during a VON webinar on NAS.

Currently, Dr. Ryzewski is involved in a multidisciplinary project as a part of the iNICQ Reducing Lung Injury Collaborative to implement early nasal cannula CPAP in the delivery for infants < 33 weeks within the first three minutes of life. As a result of this project, there has been a significant reduction in practice variation regarding timing of application for CPAP, with 71/83 (86%) of eligible infants receiving early CPAP by 3 minutes of life. In addition to streamlining delivery room practice, UMass is reviewing respiratory practices to reduce rates of chronic lung disease. Dr. Ryzewski has presented this work at several local and national meetings, including the Vermont Oxford Network’s Annual Meeting and Quality Congress.

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

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a leading innovator, convener, partner, and driver of results in health and health care improvement worldwide. To advance their mission of "improving health and health care worldwide," IHI's work has focused on five key areas: improvement capability, person- and family-centered care, patient safety, quality, cost, and value, and the Triple Aim for populations. Between professional development programs and their innovative Open School, IHI seeks to empower patients and providers with the tools necessary to keep improving. Check out their main webpage for more details.

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Featured Quality Improvement Article

“A tool to improve communication in the neonatal unit”
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, 2015 Summary

Take a look at this article published in BMJ Quality that demonstrates how a simple intervention can have a big impact on a key quality outcome for NICUs: Family Communication.

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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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