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2019 Medication Safety Conference

A Systems Approach to Reducing Harm

The Hotel at Arundel Preserve
Hanover, MD

What our attendees are saying:

“ . . . I thought yesterday's Med Safety Conference was one of the best I have attended. Kudos to choice of speakers and panels. Additionally, the hotel was easy to get to, lunch was fantastic, and the environment was great.”  Jean Conn, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

“. . . yesterday's session was excellent. There were some wonderful moments that were so impactful that I’m sure they will change behaviors and advance safe medication practices. Pretty powerful. Well done!”  Barbara Tachovsky,  MPSC Board

“Best conference ever!  Both the content and speakers were great.”  Donna Raimondi, University of Maryland Medical Center-Midtown Campus

“This panel (Just Culture) is the best thing I have ever seen at any conference– the nurse and his integrity and bravery, and the support he got from his organization has taken our work in patient safety to a whole other level.  Thank you so much!”  Lisa Burrell- Doctor’s Hospital

Annual Medication Safety Conference:

The Maryland Patient Safety Center’s Medication Safety Conference addresses key medication management and safety issues for healthcare providers including physicians, patient safety officers, medication safety officers, pharmacists, nurses and quality/risk professionals. 

Medication Safety:  A systems approach to reducing harm

October 30, 2019

The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Hanover, MD

This educational activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and
the Maryland Patient Safety Center

Overview:  The Maryland Patient Safety Center’s (MPSC) Annual Medication Safety Conference addresses key medication management and safety issues in healthcare.  This year the conference will explore a systems approach to reducing harm from medication errors.  Improvements in prescribing, preparing, dispensing and administering medications safely and appropriately will be discussed, as well best practices for the investigation of medication errors and the responsibilities in medication use safety.


7:30am to 8:00am                                   Check-in and continental breakfast

8:00am to 8:15am                                   Welcome and Overview: President and CEO, MPSC

8:15am to 9:15 am                                  Keynote- The Next Wave of Innovation to Keep Patients Safe; Kathleen Sutcliffe, PhD; Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University                                                               

9:15am to 10:15am                                         Responsibilities in Medication-Use Safety; E. Robert Feroli, Pharm D., FASHP; retired Medication Safety Officer, Johns Hopkins Hospital, MPSC Board of Directors, Faculty Medication Safety, Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality 

10:15am to 10:30am                               BREAK

10:30a to 11:30am                                           A “Just” Response: Improving Systems While Supporting the Second Victim - Barbara Brannan, PharmD; Director of Pharmacy, UMMC;  Rebekah Friedrich, MS, RN, CCRN, CPPS; Sr. Performance Improvement Leader, UMMC; Claudia Handley, MS, MBA, RN, NEA-BC; Director of Nursing, Shock Trauma Center; Jonathan Tamayo, RN, former UMMC RN

11:30a to 12:30pm                                          Navigating the World of Medication Safety through Mobile Integrated Health - Jennifer Brown, NP; Mobile Integrated Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing; Olufunke Sokan, PharmD; Lead Pharmacist, Mobile Integrated Health and Advanced Practice Pharmacist, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

12:30pm -1:15pm                                    LUNCH

1:15pm to 2:15pm                                           System Improvements to Medication Management - Implementation of an electronic reminder system  for serum drug levels to improve patient safety in those receiving vancomycin/aminoglycoside therapy - Hammond Adjei, PharmD.; Frederick Memorial Hospital, Medication Safety Officer

- Standardized Approach To Transitions of Care Across Health System -  Salematou Traore, PharmD,BCPS, Carroll Hospital Center, Internal Medicine Pharmacist

- From theory to practice:   Implementing ISMP Best Practices Surrounding Neuromuscular Blocking Agents - Glorimar Rivera, PharmD, BCPS; U of MD Medical Center, Medication Safety Clinical Specialist

Systems Change Report – Eileen Kasda, MHS; Sr. Project Administrator, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

2:15pm to 3:15pm                                           Closing Keynote:   Preventing serious medication errors through implementation of the ISMP Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices; Michael Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.), FASHP; President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices  

3:15pm to 3:30PM                                  Summary, closing, evaluation: President and CEO, MPSC