2014 Symposium

Our 2014 Quality & Safety Symposium was a huge success with over 60 posters submitted, 10 Posters of Distinction recognized for meritorious methodology and improvement efforts and awarding of the Inaugural UCM $100,000 Innovations Grant Program. View the Picture Gallery. 


2014 Inaugural $100,000 UCM Innovations Grant Program Awardees

Improving the Health of our Patients: The COPD Readmissions Intervention – a project that uses research-quality methods to evaluate a multidisciplinary COPD readmission prevention program (principal investigator: Tina Shah, supported by a multidisciplinary team).

“Prudence:” A Surgical Cost Reduction Initiative – a project focused on using Lean-based methods to reduce operating room costs related to wasted and unnecessary surgical supplies, with rigorous evaluation methods (principal investigator: Alex Langerman, supported by a multidisciplinary team)

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2014 Poster Presentations

Posters of Distinction

Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiatives to Optimize Vancomycin Dosing and Reduce Nephrotoxicity
Applying ACLS and Pregnancy Modifications to Maternal Cardiac Arrest A Team-based Approach
Ask Me to Explain Campaign: Improving Communication to Increase Patient Satisfaction in the Pediatric Emergency Department
Colorectal Bundle: A Multi-disciplinary Teamwork Approach to Reduce Surgical Site Infections
Identification of Clinical Factors for Performing Voriconazole (VRC) Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) at an Academic Medical Center
Improving the Care Pathway for Total Joint Patients
Pediatric Sepsis Initiative in the Emergency Room
Protecting Patients from Self Harm: Implementation of An Evidence-Based Suicide Screening Process
Teaching Patient-Centered Use of the Electronic Medical Record to Millennial Learners
Using Smart Forms to Discretely Capture Stroke Data for Electronic Reporting

All Posters

A Comprehensive Inpatient COPD Education Program
A Novel Use of the Electronic Health Record to Drive Compliance with HIV Testing in L&D Triage  
All Hands On Deck! Improving Communication During Perioperative Handoffs 
Are You Gel-in? A Culture Change Campaign To Improve Hand Hygiene Performance 
Characterization of Gynecologic Care Practices among General Pediatric Caregivers Comparison of Turnaround Time (TAT) and Time to Oseltamivir Discontinuation between Two Respiratory Viral Panel Testing (RVP) Methodologies 
Computed Tomography for Diagnosis of Acute Pulmonary Embolus in the Emergency Department in Women Between 18 and 40 Years of Age
Creating a Culture of Safety: 8th Floor CCD RN Quality Rounds 

Critical Care Outreach: Extending Critical Care Services Outside of an ICU

Decreasing Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU) Through the Implementation of an Evidence-Based (EB) Prevention Bundle

Development of Department-Wide, SCIP-Compliant, Surgical Preoperative Order Sets
“Dr. Stork”: Improving Preparedness for Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies
Early motor trajectories in very low birth weight premature infants: use of diffusion tensor imaging, general movement assessment, and the test of infant motor performance

Early motor trajectories of very low birthweight infants: comparing the Test of Infant Motor Performance, the Alberta Infant Motor Scale, and the General Movement Assessment

Environmental Services Safety Programs

Establishing infrastructure for Comprehensive Stroke Center data collection & reporting

Evaluation of Azithromycin Use: Response to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Risk Communication

Expectations for Turn-Around Times in Inpatient Phlebotomy Services 
Health Information Technology in Academic Medical Home for Health Education, Practice Guideline Implementation, and Quality Improvement 
Heliox via High Flow Nasal Cannula to treat Coronavirus-related respiratory infection with airflow obstruction

Implementation of a Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing Protocol on all Patients with a Central Line in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Implementation of An Alcohol Withdrawal Protocol: An Inter-professional Approach

Implementation of Template-Based Charting for Inpatient Asthma Management on Proper Classification of Asthma

Improvement in RN Infusion Documentation Lead to Significant Financial Gains in Ped ED

Improving Care for Children with Sickle Cell Disease: Outpatient Management of the Febrile Illness

Improving Pain Relief for Elderly Patients in the Emergency Department (I-PREP)

Improving the bone health screening process for patients with cystic fibrosis

Improving the Quality of Hand-offs by in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Improving the Stroke Education Performance Measure (STK8)
Improving Sedation Documentation with EPIC Collaboration and Direct Nurse and Physician Training 

Insurance Status and Follow-up after Pediatric Burn Injury: Barriers to Access 
Intimate Partner Violence in Teens: an intervention for resident education

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Around Infection Control Best Practices Among Physician Trainees

Legionella pneumophila: Healthcare-associated Case with Positive Environmental Samples after 22 Years
Less is More:Early Extubation for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Malnutrition Screening and Assessment: A Process Improvement Project
Managing Heart Failure Patients- A Hospital and Home Health Care Collaboration
Monitoring Severe Hypoglycemia and Incident Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Hospitalized Adult Patients at University of Chicago Medicine 
Pink Top Tube Conversion for Blood Bank Tests 
Quality Improvement in a Medicine-Pediatrics Clinic: Meeting the Challenges of the Next Accreditation System

Reducing Readmission Rates: Creating and Implementing a Standardized COPD Care Pathway
Reducing Surgical Quality Report Processing Time by Two-Thirds American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP
Reduction in Fluoroquinolone Utilization Following Restriction by Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Risk Management and Patient Safety: Informed Policies To Prevent Retained Foreign Objects
Safety of Out of Bed Activity and Ambulation in Patients with Pulmonary Artery Catheters 

Supply Chain – Failed Device Process Standardization 
Sustaining Meaningful Change in AMI Performance Measures 
The Importance of Post Discharge Outpatient Breastfeeding Support in Improving Breastfeeding Success 
Using Control Charts to Drive Trigger Tool Data Investigations 
Using Smart Forms to Discretely Capture Stroke Data for Electronic Reporting
Vascular Surgery: An Initiative to Improve the Medical Management of Vascular Disease
We Want Cool Patients! Evaluating Barriers to the Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Successfully Resuscitated Patients 
Where’s my Cart? Piloting a New Approach to Basic Life Support Training


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