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Posted July 2, 2013
Patient Safety Initiatives and Stars Spotlighted at Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit

 Becky Graham -Hopkins Safety Star Award
 Juan Deida - Patient Safety Star
Becky Graham (top photo) and Juan Deida (bottom photo) received their awards from (l-r) Dr. Redonda Miller, Vice President for Medical Affairs, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Judy Reitz, Executive Vice President and COO for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Vice President of Operations Integration for the Johns Hopkins Health System, and Vice President for Quality Improvement for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Dr. Peter Pronovost, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality, Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
All Children's Hospital was well represented at the 4th Annual Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit, held June 21 on the Baltimore campus. Two recent quality and patient safety initiatives were presented to the audience of several hundred healthcare professionals from across the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

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.