Management of Infants Born to Mothers with Chorioamionitis

Chicago, IL US
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021
PI CME/Quality Improvement Effort

Diagnosis of maternal chorioamionitis can be highly variable. Assessment of the risk of infection in infants born to mothers with chorioamnionitis is an evolving field. Empiric antibiotic treatment of term and near-term infants must be balanced with the risks and toxicities of antibiotic use. We will work to standardize our definition of maternal chorioamnionitis and improve documentation of maternal chorio and interventions in maternal and infant charts. The team will work to validate the Kaiser Permanente EOS risk calculator prospectively in our patient population (and improve our data collection system) and discuss whether we should implement this risk stratification tool at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Target Audience

This performance/quality improvement initiative is intended for physicians, residents, and fellows working in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics at Comer Children's Hospital.

Learning Objectives

The aims for this project:
  • Implement use of Kaiser-permanente chorio calculator in L&D by November 2019.
  • Prospectively monitor outcome of patients based on calculated score for 6 months and present to group.
  • Begin using calculator to identify babies at low risk for EOS and observe off antibiotics. We will decrease antibiotic use in these infants by 50% within 6 months of implementation.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Allison Bartlett
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 20.00 Participation
Event starts: 
07/01/2019 - 12:00am
Event ends: 
06/30/2021 - 12:00am
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
UChicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
5721 S Maryland Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
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QI/PI Project Physician Lead
Allison H. Bartlett , MD, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Infectious Diseases
Quality Chief, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Medical Director, Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
The University of Chicago Medicine
QI Lead
Brett Palama, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
The University of Chicago Medicine
QIPI Project Manager
Joanie Liput
Quality Improvement Project Manager
Quality Performance Improvement
The University of Chicago Medicine

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this PI CME activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CME and MOC IV Credit
The national Multi-Specialty MOC Portfolio Approval Program has granted approval to the University of Chicago to award MOC Part IV credit to physicians participating in quality improvement (QI) projects. To qualify for both PI CME credit (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™) and QI MOC through the ABMS Multi-specialty Portfolio Program, participants must be engaged in a systematic effort of reviewing and improving some aspect(s) of care or care delivery for their patients. 

Sustained QI Cycles: Physicians are required to complete not less than 2 intervention cycles and not less than 3 data collection points:
1. Pre-intervention cycle 1 
2. Post-intervention cycle 1 
3. Post intervention cycle 2 
The QI effort must be sustained, involving at least two or more linked cycles of performance review and improvement effort. The post-intervention data and review from one cycle become the baseline data and planning for the next cycle. Starting with a suspected or actual problem with care:

1st QI cycle
    Baseline data collection, analysis/review, identify underlying cause(s)
    Intervention(s) to address underlying cause(s)
    Post-intervention data collection, analysis/review, identify remaining underlying cause(s)
2nd QI cycle
   Post-intervention data collection, analysis/review, identify underlying cause(s) (same as above)
   Adjustment(s) / second intervention(s) to address underlying cause(s) 
   Post-adjustment data collection, analysis/review, identify remaining underlying cause(s)
Participants will be directed to attest and claim their 20 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM through the CME website that is created for the project. Physician participation information will then be sent to the appropriate ABMS boards to report the successful completion of an MOC IV project. MOC IV credit will then appear in the diplomate’s specific board profile.

Attestation forms must be submitted by November 30th in order for us to report credit to your ABMS specialty board and have your credit count for that year. 
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