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Editor’s Note

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Section Newsletter, March 2013It has been an active period in the QIPS section with multiple conference calls, including our first all-section conference call of the 2012-2013 year on the ED discharge process as well as an international conference call with the United Kingdom’s College of Emergency Medicine Safer Care Subcommittee. In this newsletter, Dr. Chris Beach will elaborate on a collaboration initiative with emergency physicians in the UK and the formation of an informative and productive new partnership with our colleagues in the UK involved with quality and safety.

Dr. Julius Pham and Mayowa Ijagbemi, MPH of John Hopkins University present highlights and analysis of the section’s ED discharge all-section conference call.  Dr. Joseph Novak of Dayton, Ohio discusses the topic of “Combat Aviation Paradigms” and the intriguing connection to the world of emergency medicine. Drew Fuller gives us a brief QIPS website update and as always, Shari Welch presents our section with another QIPS TIPS series.  Her discussion delves into the controversial issue of the medical apology and why we as physicians face difficulties with these conversations. Furthermore, Dr. Welch addresses some of the challenges in implementation of the medical apology and how to effectively communicate these sentiments as a physician. Lastly, in another QIPS TIPS, Dr. Welch shares how we as emergency medicine physicians should approach a patient who has been harmed by a potential clinical adverse event or medical error. Once again, we appreciate Dr. Welch’s continued contributions and her QIPS TIPS continue to be a highlighted feature of our newsletter.

In section grant news, Dr. Richard Griffey continues to work on the Chief-Complaint Based Quality Measures grant. Dr. Griffey and other section members have held several conference calls and have decided to develop Chief-Complaint Based Quality Measure as an example. The Chief-Complaint Based Quality Measure workgroup plans to have a completed draft by the time of the next QIPS conference call and they are planning to submit this as a concept paper to Annals of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Heather Farley provides an update on the section’s EDIS White Paper Grant that has been provisionally accepted by Annals of Emergency Medicine

QIPS leadership invites all of our members to consider contributing to our Newsletter in future editions. If you have encountered challenges in your emergency department and have come up with innovative ideas to address and conquer these difficulties, we invite you to share your ideas with our members. The strength of our section comes from the contributions of its members who are willing to share with us their daily experiences in a multitude of diverse emergency departments across the country. Our continued efforts to improve quality and safety in the emergency department continues to make our QIPS section a powerful voice in changing the field of emergency medicine.

If there are any questions regarding the newsletter and its publication, please feel free to email me. I look forward to hearing from you and reading your ideas, thoughts, and opinions in future newsletter publications.

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