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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)

Chris Allen

DO

Path

PGY-2

 

Melissa Eggert

MD

Anes.

PGY-4

 

Brandon Hays

MD

Ob/Gyb

PGY-2

 

Kasey Helmlinger

MD

Rad

PGY-2

 

Erika Herrera

DO

FM

PGY-3

 

Kate Hutchinson

DO

FM

PGY-2

 

Nikhil Jain

MD

IM

PGY-3

 

Thomas Kennedy

MD

Surgery

PGY-4

 

James Livesay

DO

Card

Fellow

 

Morgan Morelli

MD

IM

PGY-3

Co-Chair

Terry Nowell

MD

Anes

PGY-3

 

Taylor Oakley

MD

Rad

PGY

 

Eric Riedinger

MD

Uro

PGY-4

 

(Wm) Logan Riley

MD

OB/Gyn

PGY-3

Co-Chair

Jacob Robbins

DO

ED

Fellow

 

Laylan Shali

MD

IM

PGY-2

 

Matt Wendahl

DMD, MD

OMFS

PGY-3

 

Caitlyn Whitaker

PharmD

Pharmacy

 

 

Other Members

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

Manager, Pt Safety

Amy White Manager, Perf. Improvement
Terry Ray Grad Student

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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