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Letter from the Editor

Joshua M. Glazer, MD

Joshua GlazerWelcome back, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety leaders, and Happy New Year! Hopefully, many of you were able to attend the 2016 Scientific Assembly in Las Vegas. In this edition of the QIPS Newsletter, we are excited to share the Quality & Patient Safety Committee’s Annual Report.

Featured presentations from the 2016 Section meeting included: 

  • Keynote presentation by Gregg A. Miller, MD, FACEP entitled “CT Utilization and Choosing Wisely.” 
  • Arjun K. Venkatesh, MD, MBA discussed the Emergency Quality (E‐QUAL) Network and introduced the SEP-1 Challenge 
  • Jen Blowers, MBA, CPHQ on “Implementing a Quality‐Driven Pain Stewardship Program in the ED.


Also in store for you in this month’s Newsletter:

  • Brenna Farmer MD, FACEP, and new QIPS Section Chair, welcomes all and introduces this year’s section grant on boarding of behavioral health emergency patients in the ED.
  • The work of Drs. Michael Boyd and Arun Ganti for which they were awarded the 2016 Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Resident Quality Award at ACEP Scientific Assembly.
  • Another provoking installment of “QIPS TIPS” by Shari Welch, MD, FACHE, FACEP which explores some really pioneering shift scheduling to maximize operational efficiency and patient safety.
  • A success story by James Heilman, MD who details logistics and outcomes of implementing weekly “stand-up” rounds to better elicit, align, and implement departmental priorities.
  • Jamie Santistevan, MD introduces the new QIPS website redesign.
  • Drew Fuller, MD, MPH, FACEP, RRT discusses preventable patient harm in the setting of emergency airway management and makes a case for standardized institutional collaboration and process improvement to ensure high reliability with this most critical procedure.


The QIPS leadership team remains committed to highlighting important work being done on both national and local levels – but we need your help. Please share your ideas and experiences with your fellow members by contributing an article to be published in the QIPS Newsletter! Together, we can continue to make our QIPS section strong and a powerful voice in the American College of Emergency Physicians


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