QI Science

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The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program and the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center focus on improving outcomes for children in emergencies. Quality improvement (QI) science is at the heart of all our work. QI is the basis of EMSC’s Pediatric Readiness Projects for EDs and EMS and is the guiding framework for our QI Collaboratives.


QI, as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration in 2011, consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted patient groups.


The QI movement reached prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s through initiatives from the Institutes of Medicine (now the National Academies), the Joint Commission, the National Quality Forum, and others.

Learn more about QI below.

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Learn about Collaboratives

The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) routinely offers free QI Collaborative opportunities on behalf of the EMSC Program. Learn more here.

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QI Framework

Learn more about The Model for Improvement, developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) here.

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QI Tools and Resources

EIIC has several templates and resources at your disposal to help you organize and execute your work. Learn more here.