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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Recipient of ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program’s First QI Award

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Recipient of ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program’s First QI Award

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has awarded Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) its first-ever ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program) Outstanding Achievement in Quality Improvement Award.

This award was established to recognize the exemplary efforts and activities of of Portfolio Program Sponsors that are working to improve patient care quality, safety, outcomes, and experiences. NCH was selected because of its demonstrated leadership and innovation in planning, implementation, and the ability to spread and sustain its quality improvement (QI) efforts designed to reduce adverse drug events (ADEs).

“Receiving this award is a validation of our nine years of hard work to reduce preventable patient harm due to medication errors,” said Richard E. McClead Jr., MD, MHA, NCH’s Associate Chief Medical Officer.

In 2008, NCH set a formidable goal: to eliminate all preventable harm. At the same time, the hospital initiated a program to transform its culture of safety. A multidisciplinary adverse drug event quality improvement collaborative (ADEQC) was established in 2009. It was composed of medical, nursing, and pharmacy leaders from units with high rates of harmful ADEs. In all, approximately 30 physicians and nearly 70 additional clinicians, QI staff, and managers from multiple clinical and administrative departments participated. The ADEQC followed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Model for Improvement to address medication use processes at the 450-bed academic, nonprofit, freestanding children’s hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

At the onset of the project, data showed that medication errors accounted for almost two-thirds of preventable patient harm. More than 50 percent of those ADEs were related to medication administration; a smaller percentage was related to prescribing and dispensing processes.

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