|Patient Safety Initiatives and Stars Spotlighted at Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit|
Beth Carberry, Director of Pharmacy, Lisa Moore, Director of the Heart Center and Interim Director of Pediatric Medicine (8 North & South), highlighted the "Medication Reconciliation: Optimizing Processes Leveraging Technology" project that received an ACH Quality Cup for a 100-Day Workout in 2012. The Medication Reconciliation Team collected data regarding medication list discrepancies during the admission process, when parents are asked to provide information on their child's medications.
The team trialed a new process in the Clinical Decision unit to standardize the medication list and improve completion time, accuracy, physician satisfaction and overall safety and quality. Pam Neely and Michelle Smith, M.D. also led this patient safety initiative.
NICU Director Cindy Driscoll presented "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) without Sedation in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Patients," a project that received a 2012 ACH Quality Improvement Award. In this collaboration by NICU, Radiology and Anesthesiology, many of the NICU patients who needed an MRI were able to undergo the procedure without sedation through the innovative use of an immobilizer and pre-procedure feeding, enabling the infant to sleep during the scan. The percentage of infant brain MRIs performed without sedation and contrast was 42.9 at the start of the study and now exceeds 85 percent, and the process is now used with inpatients, ambulatory and Emergency Center patients up to age two.
Patient Safety Stars is a new program introduced at this year's Patient Safety Summit, and two All Children's staff members received this honor: Juan Deida of Environmental Services and Rebecca (Becky) Graham of the Patient Access Service Center. Both recognized a situation where a patient required prompt assistance and stepped in to help keep the patient safe and receive help as quickly as possible.
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