Wesley’s Committee for Safe Medication Receives National Safety Award

December 04, 2012

Wesley’s Committee for Safe Medication Practices has been honored with a Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP).  These awards honor individuals, organizations, and companies that have set a standard of excellence for others to follow in preventing medication errors and adverse drug events.  Wesley was one of only six award winners announced this year throughout the nation.  Dr. Curtis Dorn, chairman of the committee, along with Wesley pharmacy staff Leslie Eidem, Jack Bond, and Terry Steele, will receive the award today at a special awards dinner in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Receiving the Cheers Award is quite an honor,” said committee staff member Leslie Eidem.  “It not only recognizes the commitment and passion of the Committee for Safe Medication Practices, but also brings national attention to a significant safety issue for all patients - the safe use of pain medications.  With this award, Wesley is setting a new standard for all hospitals to follow to help ensure that patients are safeguarded against adverse events from pain management.”

Wesley’s committee received the award for improving patient-controlled analgesia outcomes by developing and implementing a sleep apnea risk assessment model, dosing parameters for routine and high-risk patients, robust monitoring parameters, and the consistent use of capnography (monitoring of exhaled carbon monoxide) to track respiratory status.

The model helps evaluate all adult patients for apnea risk upon admission, using a modified STOP/BANG scoring system.  Nurses document risk in the electronic record, allowing it to be visible for physician rounds, admission medication reconciliation, transfer orders, PCA orders, anesthesia preoperative medication records, discharge medication lists, and the pharmacy medication profile screen.  In addition, smart pumps offering end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring were put into place after online training of staff.

The success of the program has been shared with other health care organizations in a Respiratory Care Journal abstract and a poster presentation at the American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress.

For more information about ISMP and its Annual Cheer Awards program, please visit www.ismp.org/cheers/.