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Caraciolo J. Fernandes, MD, MBA

  • Speaker Type: Safe Travels: Best Practice for Neonatal Transport Lecture Pack 2021
  • Country: U.S.A
Biography:

Dr. Caraciolo Fernandes is an academic neonatologist whose clinical experience and training spans three different countries/continents and over three decades. He received his medical degree from Grant Medical College in India, and did Fellowships at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Australia and Baylor College of Medicine, USA before joining the faculty at the Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor in 1998. He recently acquired a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 2018.

A clinician-educator and practicing neonatologist, he is actively involved in teaching Baylor College of Medicine medical students, pediatric residents and neonatology fellows. At Texas Children's Hospital, he has served as the Medical Director for Neonatal Transport since 2008, and is involved in multi-disciplinary clinical research, and quality improvement initiatives. He also is a QI Coach at Baylor College of Medicine Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

Nationally, he is a past member of Executive Committee of the Section of Transport Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and an editor of the inaugural edition of the Field Guide for Air and Ground Transport of Neonatal and Pediatric Patients that was introduced at the AAP National conference in Orlando, FL in November 2018. He is a senior editor of "Guidelines for the Acute Care of the Neonate," currently in its 28th annual revision, a handbook that has served as a resource for health-caregivers at Baylor-affiliated institutions for over two decades, and, currently via free online download, for practitioners in over 50 countries.

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Improving the Quality of Neonatal Transport
Premature and sick babies are often born in locations ill-equipped to care for them. They are then transported to higher levels of care for sophisticated diagnostic tests and specialized care. However, while such transport is necessary, it is not without risk. Since critically-ill infants can deteriorate clinically during transport, ideally only specialized teams should transport sick infants. Unfortunately, this is not pragmatically possible nor is the standard of care. With regionalization of care, more infants are transferred to tertiary-care centers for specialized care than ever before and not all centers have specialized transport teams to transport infants. Despite best efforts, not all transports will go well, and often processes and outcomes may leave much to be desired. Hence, it is vital for hospital administrators and clinicians to learn quality improvement (QI) methodology, monitor relevant metrics, and implement QI initiatives to order to improve outcomes. Fortunately, developing a QI mindset and applying it to neonatal transport can easily be done with practice. Learning how to prioritize QI initiatives, assemble QI teams, lead healthcare change, sustain improvements, and develop a culture that strives to improve are all desirable and can yield significant tangible benefits for clinicians and their patients.
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