UVM Health Network Safety and Value Grant Recipients

Three projects have been selected to receive University of Vermont Health Network Safety and Value Grants in 2018, selected from six finalists. The projects were chosen through a rigorous review of 38 submissions from around the network. The 38 teams that submitted proposals exemplify the strong culture and commitment that exists across the UVM Health Network toward enhancing patient safety, optimizing outcomes and ultimately improving the health of the individuals and populations that we serve. The three selected teams will each receive a $50,000 grant; project management, data analytics and research support from the Jeffords Institute for Quality, and electronic health record informatics support from Information Services. Screening criteria included: 

  • Enhance safety
  • Optimize patient outcomes
  • Reduce cost
  • Enhance the health of the individuals and communities we serve
  • Align with the network’s strategic priorities

Selected Project: “Validation of Field Assessment Stroke Triage for Emergency Destination (FAST-ED) in a Rural EMS System”

Safety & Value Grant Presentation  

The team Aims to accurately identify patients with a high probability of large vessel occlusion strokes and test whether they have better outcomes with direct transport by EMS to comprehensive stroke centers rather than initial transport to local Emergency Departments that cannot perform this procedure.

Team

(PI) Daniel L. Wolfson, MD, FACEP, Surgery-Emergency Medicine (UVMMC); State of Vermont EMS Medical Director (VDH-EMS); Guillermo Linares, MD, Director, UVM Health Network Stroke Program and Division Chief, Stroke & Neurocritical Care (UVMMC); Lindsey Simpson, MA, EMT-P, EMS Training Administrator (VDH-EMS); Jared Blum, MD, Emergency Medicine (CVMC); Jessica Racusin, MD, Emergency Medicine (Porter Medical Center); Cori Polonski, (UVM medical student)

Download the Project Proposal.

Selected Project: “Safe IV Medication Preparation and Administration at The University of Vermont Medical Center and Health Network”

Safety & Value Grant Presentation  

A pilot study at UVMMC found a significant variation on how IV push meds were prepared and administered. This study aims to standardize how this process is completed throughout the network. Ninety percent of hospitalized patient receive some form of infusion therapy, and current practice does not reflect best practice.

Team

(PI) Joanne M. Barton, MSN, CPN, RN-BC (UVMMC); Jeffrey Schnoor, PharmD (UVMMC); Lisa Strate, Nursing Ed (UVMMC); Sue Murdock Nursing Outcomes/Practice (UVMMC); Blair Robinson RN (UVMMC); Anna Bunnell RN (UVMMC); Margie Larson, RN (UVMMC); Tracey Wagner, RN (UVMMC); Fern Davignon (UVMMC); Carly Haag, RN, Nursing Research and Clinical Practice (CVPH); Pam Lahance, RN (Alice Hyde Medical Center); Donna Chicoine, RN (Porter Medical Center); Stacia Ghafoori, RN, ED (CVMC); Frank Foti, Pharmacy (CVMC)

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Selected Project: “A Pragmatic Approach for Reducing CT Utilization for the Evaluation of Flank Pain in the Emergency Department and Urologic Follow-Up”

Safety & Value Grant Presentation  

While over 70 percent of patients diagnosed with ureterolithiasis receive a CT scan, outcomes such as intervention and hospitalization have not improved. Not all patients with a kidney stone require urologic evaluation, but those who have not passed the stone need timely follow-up with appropriate imaging. The project aims to reduce the number of upfront CT scans for evaluation of uncomplicated urolithiasis in the ED, reducing patients’ radiation exposure, improving ED workflow and resource use, decrease the time from intake to discharge and reduce the cost of care and unnecessary follow-up urologic visits.

Team

(PI) Kevan Sternberg, MD, Surgery-Urology (UVMMC); Peter Weimersheimer, MD, Surgery-Emergency Medicine (UVMMC); David Sobel, MD, Surgery-Urology (UVMMC); Brian Oyadomari, MS, Division of Medical Physics (UVMMC)

Download the Project Proposal.

Contact

For more information contact Allison Kaigle Holm, director of research, Jeffords Institute for Quality, or call 802-847-7912.