Texas Children's Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care possible for children and families. At this website, we share how we are doing on important measures of quality across multiple nationally recognized domains of quality and safety. Being transparent about how we are performing helps us to continuously improve the care we provide.

When possible, we show how we compare to other children's hospitals in the United States. Where no good comparisons are available, we illustrate how we compare to our own performance in the past, and how we measure up to our own goals.

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Adverse Drug Events or ADEs are drug side effects, drug delivery errors, or drug prescription errors which result in unwanted negative consequences. By monitoring ADEs, Texas Children's Hospital can put into place processes that prevent the re-occurrence of an ADE.

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A central line catheter is a small plastic tube placed into a larger blood vessel. This catheter is used to deliver fluids and medications, and to draw blood tests. When bacteria enter the bloodstream through this catheter the result is a central line infection (which can lead to a bloodstream infection or BSI) and an ill child. Texas Children's Hospital is continuously working to reduce the occurrence of central line infections. Our measures reflect overall rate of the Catheter Associated BSI in our intensive care units.

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Preventing the spread of infection is a critical aspect of patient safety. The single most important and effective safety measure at Texas Children's Hospital is to make sure our hands are clean before and after any and every patient encounter.

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An asthma reliever is a drug that provides relief from asthma symptoms during an asthma attack. 100% of patients admitted to Texas Children's Hospital with Asthma as a primary diagnosis should receive an asthma relief medication.

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Corticosteroids reverse the inflammation brought on by asthma. 100% of patients discharged from Texas Children's Hospital with a primary diagnosis of asthma should receive this medication.

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100% of children admitted to Texas Children's Hospital with asthma as a primary diagnosis should have a written plan for management of the condition when they are discharged.


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The average number of days from the date a complaint or grievance is reported to Family Advocacy to the date the complaint or grievance is resolved. At Texas Children's Hospital our goal is to resolve complaints and grievances within 21 days.

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At Texas Children's Hospital we survey patients that receive services at Texas Children's Hospital so we can learn where we can improve our care. Our goal is 100% of our patients and families will be satisfied with the care they receive here.

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A new patient appointment should be available within 2 weeks. This measure reflects the percent of Texas Children's Hospital clinics meeting that target.


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At Texas Children's Hospital we strive to make sure every patient who enters the Emergency Center (EC) is seen as quickly as possible. Our goal is that none of our patients will choose to leave the EC before being seen by a doctor.

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At Texas Children's Hospital we strive to make sure every patient who enters the Emergency Center (EC) is cared for as quickly as possible. This measure reflects the time spent in the EC by patients who require admission to the hospital.

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Texas Children's Hospital receives many requests from other hospitals to transfer sick children to our hospital. Our goal is not to turn away any patient who needs the care we can provide.