AAMI Foundation: Regional Event #1

The AAMI Foundation hosted its first invitational regional event Oct. 14-15, 2015 in Boston, MA. This educational opportunity brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to learn how various hospitals are addressing complex problems related to healthcare technology and patient safety. The areas of focus for the event corresponded to the three national coalitions organized by the AAMI Foundation to improve patient safety.

  • TOPIC 1: National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids
    This coalition is different from past efforts in this space in that the goal is to establish the business case—demonstrating strong financial justification and improved patient outcomes—to educate and encourage hospitals to adopt continuous electronic monitoring for all patients receiving parenteral opioids. Knowledge is being generated by monitoring efforts, and this coalition is instrumental for compiling that information and disseminating it, with the ultimate goal of making patients on opioids safer. Through the coalition, clinicians share ways their institutions have overcome barriers associated with continuously monitoring patients in general care settings that are on parenteral opioids. Focus areas include return on investment data, workflow considerations, culture shift for clinicians, alarm fatigue, etc.

  • TOPIC 2: National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety
    This coalition brings together stakeholders to share what they have learned, build synergies, and collaborate on setting default parameters to improve clinical alarm management. Members of the coalition include 25 of the nation’s hospitals that are well along on the “alarm system management road,” as well as industry, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, The Joint Commission, professional societies, and dedicated individuals. The goal of the coalition is to share innovative methods to improve alarm management programs by developing alarm safety teams, methods to decrease non-clinically actionable alarms, and strategies to customize default parameter settings.

  • TOPIC 3: National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety
    This coalition is focused on producing and sharing data-driven results and strategies to improve compliance with drug libraries, develop educational resources for multiple line infusion therapy, and share methods to reduce non-clinically actionable infusion pump alarms, in order to improve patient safety. Members of this coalition include clinicians, patient advocates, industry leaders, regulators, hospital representatives, and experts from professional societies.

  • Speaker Biographies

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015: Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids
Why Patients on Opoids? Frank Overdyk, MSEE, MD
Chair, National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids
 Keynote  View Slides  View Video
Surveillance Monitoring at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Susan McGrath, PhD
Director, Patient Surveillance R&D

George Blike, MD, MHCDS
Chief Value & Quality Officer 
 Masimo  View Slides  View Video
Developing a Successful Program for the Use of Capnography Monitoring during Opioid Administration

Harold Oglesby, RRT, RCP
Manager, Respiratory Therapy
Saint Joseph's/Candler

 Medtronic  View Slides  View Video
Continuous Monitoring: Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center

Candice Friestad, RN, MSN, MBA
Director, Clinical Informatics
Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center

 Connexall  View Slides  View Video
Continuous Patient Monitoring in an Academic Medical Center L. Michael Fraai, MS, CCE
Director, Biomedical Engineering
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
 GE Healthcare  View Slides  View Video


Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015: Alarm Management Safety
Audible to Actionable: Alarm Management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Tricia Bourie, RN, MS
Program Director, Nursing Informatics
Beth Israel Deaconess
 Keynote  View Slides  View Video
It’s Not Just About the Alarms; Reducing Failure to Rescue

Christina Taylor, RN, MSN, CCRN
Nurse Manager
Wake Forest Baptist

Kristina Foard, RN, MSNEd, SCRN
Nurse Practice Specialist
Wake Forest Baptist

Sotera Wireless  View Slides  View Video
Interruption Fatigue: What is the Overall Impact?

Kim Velez, BSN, RN
Clinical Informatics Specialist,
Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver

Extension Healthcare  View Slides  View Video
No Cause for Alarm: A Holistic Approach to Identification, Prioritization, and Reduction Pascha Schafer, MD
Medical Director, Cardiac Care Unit
Georgia Regents Hospital
Philips Healthcare  View Slides  View Video
Alarm Management at Boston Medical Center: A Roadmap to Safe Silence Jim Piepenbrink, BSBME
Director of Clinical Engineering
Boston Medical Center
Keynote  View Slides  View Video


Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015: Infusion Therapy Safety
Introduction Mary Alexander, MA, RN, CRNI, CAE, FAAN
Infusion Nurses Society
Keynote  View Slides  View Video
Infusion Pump Informatics Program Richard Zink, MBA
Manager, CatalyzeCare
Purdue University
Keynote  View Slides  View Video
Infusion Therapy Safety Shannon Sims, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
CareFusion  View Slides  View Video
Achieving Drug Library Compliance As a Gateway to Improved Patient Safety Mary Kane, BSN, RN
Regional Informatics VP
CHI Health System
Hospira/Pfizer  View Slides  View Video
Infusion Pumps: Using Data to Support Quality Improvement Initiatives Dennis M. Killian, PharmD, PhD
Director, Pharmacy Services
Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Baxter Healthcare  View Slides  View Video
Are You Connected? Get Ready to Reduce Alarms, Avoid Alarm Fatigue, and Improve Patient Safety Cathy Sullivan, MSN, RN, FNP, CCRN
Associate Director, Sourcing
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
BBraun Medical, Inc.  View Slides  View Video
Infusion Therapy Safety Update: Massachusetts General Hospital Nat Sims, MD
Physician Advisor
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Keynote and Smiths Medical  View Slides  View Video
Multiple Intravenous Infusions: Education Opportunties Sonia Pinkney, MHSc
Human Factors Engineer
HumanEra Canada
Keynote  View Slides  View Video

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