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Hundreds gather at conference to talk safety, share ideas

Monday, March 26, 2018
By Bryan Roth
Quality and Safety Conference

After finding Duke Health's annual Quality and Safety Conference to be a "breeding ground for ideas" last year, Kenan Erginer, MHS, RT(R), made sure to return in 2018.

"It gets my brain going to find ways that will help me in my role to make patients and employees safer," said Erginer, radiation safety manager in the Office of Quality and Safety at the Private Diagnostic Clinic. With hundreds of others, he heard from experts last week about the evolving state of health care, resilience and viewed a variety of research posters. 

He was one of about 600 staff and providers in attendance for the 13th edition of the event, which took place March 22 at the Durham Convention Center. In welcome remarks, Jonathan Bae, MD, the associate chief medical officer for patient safety and clinical quality, said the annual program is one of many defining moments for health care and how it changes.

"It's a celebration of the role we all play together," Bae added, "and how we're changing the landscape of quality and safety."

This was the fourth-straight year that Linda Peacock, RN, nurse manager, and Carolyn Taylor, services access manager, both from Harris & Smith OB/GYN at Patterson Place and Capitol Street, attended the conference. A big takeaway for both was around ideas of teamwork, and how they can support colleagues to build trust and resilience.

"Listening to others helps you learn, and it's the way you know what you need to address," Taylor said.

"You have to be very aware of the way a team works together around patient safety because everyone needs to understand their part of patient care," Peacock added.

Along with presentations, the conference also featured almost 90 research posters highlighting work by Duke Health staff and providers. Topics ranged from smoking cessation and hand hygiene to medication compliance and improving behavioral health care. 

Awards for this year's posters included:

Learner Award

  • "Systematic Analysis of Epic Best Practice Advisory Leads to a Dramatic Reduction in Firing with No Clinical Harm"
  • Learners: Jon Pelletier, Sara Cohen, Jenn Ladd, and Ashley Hanlon
  • Program: Pediatric Residency Safety Council

Karcher Patient Safety Award

  • "Pressure Injury Reduction at Duke Children's Hospital"
  • Authors: Michelle Rice, Tammy Uhl, Sameer Kamath, Heather McLean, and Aaron Rose
  • Entity: Duke Children's Hospital

Rebecca Kirkland Award

  • "Eliminating Surgical Site Infections at Duke Children's Hospital"
  • Authors: 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
  • Entity: Duke Children's Hospital