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Children’s Minnesota clinical guidelines for health professionals cover more than 70 pediatric conditions

More than a dozen new and updated clinical practice guidelines for health professionals were added to the library offered by Children’s Minnesota. The clinical guidelines are designed to assist providers with real-time decision-making through comprehensive visual algorithms or pathways, order sets, bibliographies, and applicable rules or alerts. Children’s Minnesota currently offers more than 70 clinical practice guidelines in a wide range of pediatric specialties for health care providers. They are free and available for anyone to use.

The Guideline Governance Council (GGC) at Children’s Minnesota oversees the content of the clinical practice guidelines to ensure they are evidence-based, standardized, widely publicized, and routinely reviewed and revised to reflect current, nationally recognized best practices.  Under the leadership of Dr. Kathrine Brunsberg, acting medical director of Quality Improvement for Value and Clinical Excellence, a team of other Children’s Minnesota organizational leaders contribute to the content and review the guidelines. The team is preparing to publish additional guidelines in 2024. 

“Children’s Minnesota is focused on providing evidenced-based high quality care, and our guidelines support us in doing that,” said Dr. Brunsberg. “We are pleased to share our knowledge with other health care providers in partnership to deliver the best care to all kids.” 

First quarter 2024 newly published guidelines: 

The following guidelines went through a review process in the first quarter of 2024 (completed typically every three years, or sooner if new evidence): 

The following guidelines are in progress: 

  • Sickle cell pain crisis management 
  • Delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction 
  • NG/NJ tube discharge planning 
  • Reflux (through Children’s Health Network) 

The clinical guidelines are designed for general use with most patients; each clinician should use his or her own independent judgment to meet the needs of each individual patient. Guidelines are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

Members of the Children’s Minnesota Guidelines Governance Council include: 

  • Kathrine Brunsberg, MD, pediatric hospitalist 
  • Adriene Thornton, MAOM, BSM, CIC, FAPIC, health equity manager 
  • Lindsey Yock, MD, JD, pediatric hospitalist 
  • Crystal Anderson, family representative 
  • Linda Madsen, CPNP-AC, PC, APRN, senior clinician informaticist 
  • Tonya Montesinos, MS, BSN, NE-BC, NPD-BC, PHN, CPPM, senior director of clinical practice

Read more about Children’s Minnesota’s clinical guidelines for health professionals and access the full library here 

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Alexandra Rothstein