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Graduate Medical and Dental Education

Resident Patient Safety Subcommittee

We are a subcommittee of the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) Patient Safety Committee. The purpose of the UTMC Patient Safety Program is to provide a systematic, coordinated and continuous approach to the maintenance and improvement of patient safety.

Purpose

The purpose of the Resident Patient Safety Subcommittee is to promote resident involvement, input, and engagement in UTMC Patient Safety activities.

Subcommittee Resident Members

Name

Deg.

Dept.

PGY

Additional Role(s)

Brandon Hays

MD

OB/Gyn

PGY-3

Co-Chair

Kasey Helmlinger

MD

Rad

PGY-4

 

Kate Hutchinson

DO

FM

PGY-3

 

James Livesay

DO

Cardio

Fellow

 

Paul Miller

MD

Rad

PGY-2

 

Terry Nowell

MD

Anes

PGY-4

 

Kyle Osborn

MD

FM

PGY-2

 

Mary Read

MD

Surg

PGY-3

 

Regina Reed

MD

Path

PGY-1

 

(Wm) Logan Riley

MD

OB/Gyn

PGY-4

Co-Chair

Susan Roaten

MD

Anes

PGY-4

 

Michael Rohrer

DO

IM

PGY-2

 

Laylan Shali

MD

IM

PGY-3

 

Ghassan Wadi

MBBS

IM

PGY-2

 

Matt Wendahl

DMD, MD

OMFS

PGY-4

 

Dustin Whitaker

MD

Uro

PGY-3

 

Spencer Roper

PharmD

Pharmacy

 

 

Other Members

Tami Anderson, RN VP, Quality & Pt Safety
Bill Metheny, PhD DIO, Assistant Dean
Whitney Pickel, RN

Manager, Pt Safety

Other Projects

Other Activities

Lab Reduction Project

This initiative was started after data showed our lab orders for CBCs, metabolic panels, and UAs were far above our comparative peer group in both labs per patient while hospitalized and percentage of overall patients who were tested. Bringing this information to light, has helped us exercise a more optimal approach to ordering lab work. We decided to focus our efforts on education of various services in an effort to decrease our numbers. Since collecting the data, we have seen our rates of orders for these three labs decrease back to levels that are comparable to our peer hospitals.

The focus of this project is now to broaden our view and discover new areas for improvement; to find labs that are being ordered incorrectly or that are being ordered at a higher rate than the peer hospitals. Work is currently underway investigating potential overutilization of lipid panels on hospitalized patients. We are also watching the trends of many of our culture orders being placed after changes to the ordering procedure in the CPOE system. We are also working to add more members to this team to increase the throughput of investigations.

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