Editor’s Note

TurelliRobert Turelli Jr. MD
Administrative Fellow
Department of Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

It has been a busy six months for our QIPS section, and as reflected in this newsletter, great strides in quality improvement in emergency medicine continue to be made.

In October, ACEP13 will take place in Seattle, WA and our yearly QIPS Section Meeting will take place from 1:00–3:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Please join us for this event as highlights of the meeting will include a keynote speech by Kevin Baumlin, MD, FACEP of  ACEP’s Emergency Medicine Informatics Section, 2013-2014 section leadership elections, as well as the presentation of the 2014 Resident Quality Awards.

The QIPS Resident Quality Award, established in 2010, will be presented to residents graduating within the calendar year. Recipients of the award will receive a complimentary 1-year QIPS membership, publication in the QIPS Newsletter and recognition at the 2013 ACEP Scientific Assembly in Seattle, WA! 

The projects will be judged on their overall importance, innovation, approach and applicability to the general Emergency Medicine community. 

In other news, QIPS Section leaders opted to pre-schedule future All-Section Conference Calls in order to give our members advance notice of the dates and times. Please see the suggested dates and topics below for our All-Section Conference Calls. On our last QIPS Leaders call, we discussed having section members take a poll on the best dates and topics for the All-Section Calls at our ACEP13 section meeting. Please note that the list below is a starting point with tentative dates. Please do not hesitate to introduce other topics and dates for consideration.
2013-2014 Dates:

  • December 3, 2013 or January 7, 2014
  • April 1, 2014
  • June 3, 2014
  • September 2, 2014

Suggested Topics:

  • e-Measures 
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) activities
  • Joint EMI (Emergency Medicine Informatics Section) call on ONC Patient Safety Plan and Quality and Safety Implications of Emergency Department Information Systems
  • Call with Health IT Vendors for patient safety discussion (explore having a joint call with Emergency Medicine Informatics Section)
  • Joint QIPS/EMI call with vendors on Usability 
  • Chief-Complaint-based Quality Measures 
  • Quality Measures under consideration by ACEP

This newsletter includes a variety of submissions, highlighting the recent accomplishments and current projects by our QIPS section members, as well as relevant issues facing our ED quality and safety leaders. Dr. Drew Fuller, past QIPS Chair, provides an update on “The Safer Sign-Out” and the QIPS/EMPSF collaboration, an initiative started to improve the efficiency and quality of patient sign out. The “Safer Sign Out” movement rapidly progressed in the last few months and most recently, received national coverage through a variety of outlets.

Next, Dr. Helmut Meisl reflects on his journey of being a Quality Improvement Director for over 30 years and the progress of Emergency Medicine in its relation to quality improvement. Following Dr. Meisl’s testimonial, Drs. Jeffrey Pothof, Robert Broida, and Drew Fuller describe “Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP)” and the many benefits this potential new program may provide to the EM provider.

As always, Dr. Shari Welch presents another QIPS TIPS in this edition, describing the underestimated effect that noise in an emergency department has on health care providers, and shares innovative strategies that may reduce the noise. Lastly, Dr. Jack Kelly discusses the current ACGME residency requirements regarding the resident quality improvement projects. Dr. Kelly addresses ways in which academic faculty can help residents become involved in a quality improvement projects and he reveals the benefits of advancing this area of patient safety and academic excellence.

As we approach our meeting at ACEP13 and another year of quality improvement, we hope that the newsletter’s audience finds the variety of topics resourceful and provides insight into improving quality and safety in EDs across the country. As always, we encourage our readers to submit contributions and their own insights to our QIPS newsletter. Our QIPS section continues to lead the way in innovation and is a major force in creating change to further better the practice of emergency medicine. Contributions and support from the embers who continue to share their experiences, ideas, and insights to the quality and safety issues faced by all emergency medicine physicians continues to strengthen our section’s foundation.

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