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Patient Safety Conference

Each year, the Center brings together over 1200 healthcare professionals and nationally recognized speakers and presenters to learn and exchange best practices related to current issues surrounding patient safety. Held each year in the spring, the Center’s annual patient safety conference is a must attend event for anyone interested in improving patient care and expanding their knowledge or best patient safety practices.

11th Annual Maryland Patient Safety Conference
March 31, 2015 - Hilton Baltimore

Day at a Glance

Opening Keynote:  What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You: How Simulation Can Identify Missing Pieces of the Puzzle to Improve Patient Safety

Presenter: Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP
Neonatologist, Simulation Educator, Cancer Survivor,
Co-star of TLC's The Little Couple


This keynote presentation will highlight how health care simulation can be applied to quality and Patient safety needs within an institution. Simulation methodology can improve quality and safety in health care institutions when used for clinical systems testing, solutions systems testing, root cause analysis, educational needs and clinical rehearsals. Aligning simulation efforts with institutional patient safety initiatives ultimately can result in measurable improvements in patient care outcomes. A personal and professional dialogue will highlight the value of simulation in health care.

Closing Keynote:  The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age

Presenter:  Robert M. Wachter, MD
Professor and Associate Chair 
Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, Division of Medicine


All of us had high hopes that computers would be the solution to medical mistakes. Using a Dramatic case in which a child received a 38-fold overdose of a common antibiotic, this talk explores some of the unforeseen consequences of information technology—including the movement to hire scribes so doctors and patients can look each other in the eye again, alert fatigue, and the tendency for clinicians to defer to a new kind of authority—an electronic one.

Concurrent Sessions:

Track 1:        
  • Fatigue in Nurses: An Evidence-based Management Plan
  • Now The We Have Our EHR, How Do We Know It's Safe?
  • Professional Accountability and the Pursuit of a Culture of Safety

Track 2:

Track 3:

Track 4:

Safeguard Patient Safety: The Communication Solution
Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation Winner – Anne Arundel Medical Center
Distinguished Achievement in Patient Safety Innovation Winner- Western Maryland Health System

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2015 Annual Conference Solutions

Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation
Patient and Family Centered Inpatient Room Whiteboards: Engaging Patients in Their Care 

Distinguished Achievement in Patient Safety Innovation
Meeting the Challenge of Health Care Change

Circle of Honor for Patient Safety Innovation
Sustaining Hand Hygiene and Patient Equipment Cleaning with a Staff Accountability Model
Lean Methodology: Appropriate Anti-psychotic Use on an Inpatient Dementia Unit
Managing the Complexity of Medication Reconciliation
Impact of a Physician and Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Agreement on Clinical Care and Economic Outcomes
Effective Patient Fall Reduction Initiative on an Inpatient Oncology Unit
Closing the Medication Safety Loop across the Care Continuum: Fitting the Pieces Together to Create the Final Picture
Screening Can Improve Identification of Depression in Hospitalized Congestive Heart Failure Patients
Improving the Safety of Dementia Care by Reducing the use of Antipsychotic Medication in the Long-Term Care Setting

Additional Solutions

CLABSI Reduction in the ICU
Recipe for Success: Engaged Staff, Difficult Patients and Cheerleaders
Train Like You Mean It
Adoption of ASPAN Guidelines for Treatment of Post Operative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV) in Ambulatory Surgical Settings
A Sustainable World Class Interdisciplinary Stroke Program
Routine Vital Signs Protocol: Putting Evidence-Based Practice Into Motion
Supply Chain: A Link to Keeping Patients Safe
Scanning for Accuracy: Validation of NDC Safety Check
Transforming from Punitive to Positive
Reduction of Door to Balloon Time: A Collaborative Effort 
Reducing Inpatient Venous Thromboembolism Using Guidelines and Electronic Decision Support
Baltimore-Washington Women's Health Centering Pregnancy
Building and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence in Hand Hygiene Practices: An Inter-Professional Collaborative Approach
Driving Quality and Change Through Implementation of Leadership Standard Work
Use of Lean Six-Sigma Tools to Create Innovative Solutions to Reduce C-Difficile in an Acute Care Population
Improving Clinical Competence, Communication and Teamwork Through Inter-Professional Simulation Based Education
Sustained Reduction of Narcotic Induced Over-Sedation and Respiratory Depression: A Multi-Focal Patient Safety Enhancement
Reduction Nurse Sensitive Conditions: Utilizing an Observational and Retrospective Review Methodology 
Efficacy of Using ECG-Based Technology to Confirm Tip Location when Placing a PICC
Using Simulation to Improve Performance in Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Arrests
Using Real-Time Data to Impact Patient Care and Nursing Practice
Behavioral Emergency Response Team: Implementing a Performance Improvement Strategy to Address Workplace Violence
Access Health: Partnership to Reduce Repeat Emergency Room Visits through Community-Based Care Coordination 
New Practice for End of Life Care for Dying Patient
Call for Action: Prevention of CAUTI in the Acute Care Setting
Alarms Reduction - Bring Down the Noise!
CCHD Screening Algorithm Tool for Successful Assessments
Transitions in Care Pharmacist Providing Discharge Counseling and Follow Up Phone Calls to Prevent Readmissions
Pursuing High Reliability and National Leadership in Quality and Safety
Developing an Observational Tool to Evacuate Universal Protocol
Developing a Framework to Assess for High Reliability Principles
Medication Teaching - Because We Care
A Multi-Pronged Process to Move the Bar Further
Improving VTE Inpatient Quality Core Measures Through a Multifaceted Solutions Approach
My Personal Medical Record/My Personal HealthCare Values - 60 to 60,000
Call 911 Our Documentation has Died
Using Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor to Bio-Decontaminate Unused Supplies from Inpatient Isolation Rooms
Malignant Hyperthermia: When Every Second Counts
How Low Can We Go? Decreasing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in a Burn Intensive Care Unit
Pharmacist Utilization of the LACE Tool to Prevent Hospital Readmissions
Using Lean Methodology to Improve Patient Care and Through-put in an Endoscopy Suite
High Risk Patient Assessments Improve Utilization of Healthcare Resources
Reducing Falls in an ICU Setting - What is Best Practice?
The Development of Nursing Assessment and Symptom Management Clinic
Improving the Discharge Efficiency Process on an Acute Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
Improving the Nursing Hand-off Communication Between Shifts
Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP)
Weaving Environmental Health and Sustainability into Patient, Staff & Community Safety
High Profile Cleaning Certification Program
Multifactorial Approach to Decreasing Readmissions
Reducing the Incidence of Adverse Drug Events Related to Anticoagulants
Engaging Staff to Improve Infection Control Practices on Clinical Unit