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Posted June 13, 2014
All Children’s Receives Accolades at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit
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All Children's Hospital staff garnered awards and attention at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit on Friday, June 6, 2014. The annual event sponsored by JHM's Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety brings together hundreds of professionals from across Johns Hopkins Medicine to learn about their colleagues' work in patient safety research, safety culture and prevention and identification of harm.

The Summit reinforces the role of all employees in the mission of the Armstrong Institute: to partner with patients, their loved ones and others to eliminate preventable harm, optimize patient outcomes and experience, and reduce waste in health care delivery. This year's theme was "In Pursuit of High Reliability." High reliability organizations create a culture and processes designed to reduce system failures and respond effectively when failures do occur.

Kathy Renn, A.R.N.P., advanced education specialist in Quality and Patient Safety, gave a podium presentation entitled "Building a Strong Foundation to Become a High Reliability Organization" before a large audience. She shared All Children's experience in understanding perceptions of our safety culture from the initial Safety Attitudes Questionnaire, the challenges encountered in the pursuit of high reliability and strategies used for success. She explained how the SAQ results were used to work with front line staff in developing unit-based  improvement plans. Jackie Johannesen, R.N., M.H.A., Shelley Baranowski, M.S., R.N., and Brigitta Mueller, M.D., M.H.C.M., were the coauthors of this abstract, one of 34 chosen for podium presentation.

Among the 79 poster presentations were two projects that already had received ACH Quality Improvement Awards in March 2014, Maureen Doyle, R.N., and Sandra Farach, M.D., presented the poster, "Same Day Discharge for Pediatric Appendectomy."  Liz Halterman, R.N. B.S.N., and Jessica Sowash, R.N., M.S.N. from PICU received the Safety Summit award for best poster for their presentation, "Safety Checklist for PICU Multidisciplinary Rounds."

Two ACH staff members were also honored as Patient Safety Stars. Kathy Renn was recognized for her previous work as a cardiac case manager as she assured safe transition from acute care to home for a postoperative cardiac patient in a Spanish-speaking family by designing a unique medication delivery system and sharing the plan with the community pharmacy to facilitate continuity of care. Sheila Castle, R.N., now a member of the ACH Vascular Access Team, was recognized for a great catch she made thanks to keen clinical judgment in her previous role in perioperative services.