Medication errors in anesthesia practice can be result in serious patient harm. This award will recognize organizations that have focused on improving anesthesiology medication delivery through process standardization, information technology use, medication management, and safety culture. The award submission process is now closed.
This announcement and accompanying magazine insert profiles recipients of the 2008 American Hospital Association Quest for Quality Prize, an annual award that honors hospitals demonstrating achievement in the six Institute of Medicine quality aims: safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness, timeliness, and equity.
Joshi M, Kazandjian V, Martin P, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2005;31:671-7.
The authors describe key initiatives of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, a 2005 Eisenberg award winner, and propose that their approach can be used as a model for patient safety programs in other states.
Yates GR, Hochman RF, Sayles SM, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2004;30(10):534-542.
This hospital received national recognition for their incentive programs and leadership engagement, and for successfully balancing a culture that supports a "just" approach to error without avoiding accountability. The application of Red Rules, a stop-the-line philosophy, and simplification of administrative barriers helped them achieve an environment that supports safety and learning.
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