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From little adults to pediatric patients: quality improvement in pediatric anesthesia

  • Nicola G. Clausen1,2
  • Tom Giedsing Hansen1,2

1Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, University Hospital Odense, J.B.Winsloewsvej 4, DK-5000 Odense, Denmark

2Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Winsloewparken 19, DK-5000 Odense, Denmark

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.088 Vol.17,Issue 4,July 2021 pp.1-3

Submitted: 19 February 2021 Accepted: 02 March 2021

Published: 08 July 2021

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anaesthesia in Paediatrics: Take Good Care of the Children)

*Corresponding Author(s): Nicola G. Clausen E-mail:


The concept of quality improvement (QI) embraces a systematic approach using specific techniques to improve quality. The objective of this non-systematic review article is to present one concept of QI in healthcare and its application in pediatric anesthesia. As can be shown, QI is well established in pediatric anesthesia. ‘Plan-Do-Study-Act’ cycles, an approach for improvement in health care in which one learns from taking action, are considered a feasible tool. Quality improvement models do not replace clinical research and scientific publishing, but promote the implementation of new findings into clinical practices.


Pediatric anesthesia; Quality improvement

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Nicola G. Clausen,Tom Giedsing Hansen. From little adults to pediatric patients: quality improvement in pediatric anesthesia. Signa Vitae. 2021. 17(4);1-3.


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