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Duke Children's wins top awards at Duke Quality and Safety meeting

Friday, March 23, 2018
Learner Award

Enhancing workforce resiliency and redefining patient safety and quality were keynote topics on March 22, as Duke Health hosted its 13th annual Patient Safety and Quality Conference. More than 600 people turned out, marking the fourth consecutive year of record attendance.

In addition to safety and quality in patient care, the conference also highlights Duke University Health System's dedication to its value of teamwork, with scores of individuals and groups working together to make the event happen.

Notably, all three of the top awards presented--selected from over 150 abstracts submitted from across the health system--were from the Duke Children’s team, including:

 Learner Award: 
‘Systematic Analysis of Epic Best Practice Advisory Leads to a Dramatic Reduction in Firing with No Clinical Harm’
Jon Pelletier, Sara Cohen, Jenn Ladd, Ashley Hanlon, Clay Musser, Colby Feeney, Sophie Shaikh, and Vicky Parente on behalf of the Pediatric Residency Safety Council

Karcher Patient Safety Award: 
‘Pressure Injury Reduction at Duke Children’s Hospital’
Michelle Rice, Tammy Uhl, Sameer Kamath, Heather McLean, and Aaron Rose

Rebecca Kirkland Award: 
‘Eliminating Surgical Site Infections at Duke Children’s Hospital’
Vani Sistla, Caroline Kalbaugh, Rebecca Ellis, Heather McLean, Brad Taicher, Megan Nute, Dulce Lessard, Caitlin Curtis, Aaron Rose, Henry Rice, Ira Cheifetz, Michelle Frey, Jeff Langdon, and Alexander Allori

In addition, there were multiple other outstanding Duke Children’s posters among the 80 chosen for presentation at the conference.

“These awards clearly demonstrate our overall multidisciplinary approach to patient safety and clinical quality,” said Ann Reed, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Duke Children’s.  “All of our abstract winners and presenters are highly deserving of this recognition.”