|Congratulations to Our 2012 Quality Improvement Award Winners|
ACH President and Physician-in-Chief Jonathan Ellen, M.D. presented the annual All Children's Hospital Quality Improvement Awards at a brief ceremony on Friday, March 1.
"The efforts we are celebrating today were designed, led and implemented by employees dedicated to doing the best for our patients and families," said Dr. Ellen. "They required teamwork, coordination, measurable objectives and a willingness to challenge the conventional way of doing things. They show that our employees are willing to ask important questions about how we can do things better, propose a solution, and be willing to adjust their thinking when data suggest a different approach."
He added, "As we pursue our Pathway to the Top we will put even greater focus on Quality and Patient Safety. These will be the key elements of our bright future-when we are doing our very best in this area it will impact every part of that Pathway."
Three unit-based projects tied for first place:
Hazardous Drug Handling - Easy as Red, Yellow, Green:
A Lean 5S Approach to Pyxis Supply Cabinet Improvements: The OR staff sought to reduce the time spent locating and retrieving supplies from the orthopedic Pyxis supply cabinets. The project team used 5S principles to reorganize the supply cabinets, reducing the estimated 1,100 hours per year that had been spent searching for items. This approach has proved sustainable and has been expanded within the OR and throughout other areas of the hospital. Congratulations to team members: Doug DeRosa, Annette Jenkins, Dan Pilla, Sarah Heacock, David Bryant, and Green Belts Todd Whipple and Chris Snyder.
The winning hospital-wide project was Medication Reconciliation: Optimizing Processes Leveraging Technology. This team included representatives of pharmacy, nursing, nursing education, clinical informatics, quality, IT and the ACH hospitalist program. Their goal was to improve the quality, reliability and utilization of the medication history entered into the electronic medical record at time of admission. They tested their proposed reconciliation process using the patients of the hospitalist service on the 8th floor.
Changes adopted following rapid cycle testing improved medication safety and made documentation a more efficient and reliable process. All of the participating prescribers and 93% of nurses in the pilot location agreed that the new process achieved its patient safety goals. The improvements have been sustained and make a valuable contribution to patient safety. Congratulations to team members Beth Carberry, Lisa Moore, Ron Ford, Chris Snyder, Hella Ewing, David Hunt, Joyce Anderson, Kathleen Arnold, Cindy Driscoll, Calvin Popovich, Gary Humphrey, Pam Neely, Rachel Pelaez, Julie Pham, Dipti Amin and Kristina Kochman.