YNHH teams present winning abstracts at safety/quality conference

Some members of the Saint Raphael Campus team (l-r) are shown at the conference: Susan Carter, RN, quality improvement coordinator, Regulatory Affairs; Thomas Balcezak, MD, senior vice president, Safety and Quality, and associate chief medical officer; Lenore Reilly, RN, patient service manager, MICU; Roger Elias, MD, medical director, MICU/CCU; Allison Dell, RN, MICU; Diane Dumigan, RN; and Carla Hannon, RN, clinical nurse specialist, MICU/CCU.
Some members of the Saint Raphael Campus team (l-r) are shown at the conference: Susan Carter, RN, quality improvement coordinator, Regulatory Affairs; Thomas Balcezak, MD, senior vice president, Safety and Quality, and associate chief medical officer; Lenore Reilly, RN, patient service manager, MICU; Roger Elias, MD, medical director, MICU/CCU; Allison Dell, RN, MICU; Diane Dumigan, RN; and Carla Hannon, RN, clinical nurse specialist, MICU/CCU.

Two YNHH teams submitted two of the five YNHHS winning abstracts at the recent Joseph A. Zaccagnino Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Conference. Staff from the three Yale New Haven Health System hospitals and Northeast Medical Group contributed 120 abstracts for consideration. Of those, more than 70 were submitted by YNHH teams.

In its 12th year, the Joseph A. Zaccagnino Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Conference has grown annually in both attendance and submissions. With more than 650 system employees attending, this year's conference set a record.

"Teams from throughout the system submitted thoughtful, intelligent and creative abstracts that went to the heart of improving patient safety and quality of care," said Alan Kliger, MD, chief quality officer, Yale New Haven Health System, and vice president, Quality Management.

"Clearly, reducing bloodstream infections was on the minds of many clinical staff members who are doing excellent work on this issue throughout the system. The abstracts reflect the exceptional, interdisciplinary work that is helping us reduce this avoidable complication."

A team on the Saint Raphael Campus submitted Achieving and Sustaining Low CLABSI (central line-associated blood stream infections) Rates. Before the Hospital of Saint Raphael integrated with YNHH in September, a multidisciplinary team had done such significant work creating sustainable improvements in eliminating healthcare- associated infections that the hospital had received national recognition from the Department of Health and Human Services last November.

At the conference, Diane Dumigan, RN, infection preventionist, Quality Improvement Support Services, and facilitator, CLABSI Reduction Committee-SRC, presented the winning abstract.

The Department of Medicine Interdisciplinary Team on the York Street Campus submitted the second YNHH winning abstract.

Carrie Guttman, RN, MSN, patient safety coordinator, Medicine, Sean Boyle, RN, assistant patient service manager, Sickle Cell/ General Medicine Unit, and Will Cushing, PA, manager, Hospitalist Service, presented Spreading Best Practices for Prevention of Central Line- Associated Blood Stream Infections.

"Since the conference, we've already heard about ideas staff are considering for abstract submission next year," said Dr. Kliger. "This level of enthusiasm and focus is exactly what the Zaccagnino conference was intended to excite among staff in one of the country's finest hospitals and it is how we are going to ensure better outcomes for our patients."