Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

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Section Officers & Staff

Alexis Lawrence, MD, FACEP
Rohit Sangal, MD
Newsletter Editor
Clinton Hobson, MD
Website Editor
Mark Brandenburg, MD, MSc, FACEP
Immediate Past Chair
Shashank Ravi, MD, MBA
Bobby Redwood, MD, MPH
Alternate Councillor
William Dalsey, MD, FACEP
Resident Liaison
Mack Sheraton, MD, MHA
Board Liaison
Aisha Terry, MD, MPH, FACEP
Staff Liaison
Joseph Kennedy

Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Section

A section where all ACEP members who are interested in continuous quality improvement and patient safety may share and develop a base of knowledge and improve the quality of patient care.

Announcements / Upcoming Events


IHI Patient Safety Congress

May 11-13, 2021 / Virtual

The Patient Safety Congress brings together people who are passionate about ensuring safe care equitably for all across the globe. This is the must-attend event for those who continue to shape ​​smarter, safer care for patients wherever it’s provided – from the hospital to outpatient settings to the home.


The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) - Virtual Meeting

May 11-14, 2021


IHI/BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare: Europe

June 9-11, 2021

The virtual International Forum in June will focus on the key themes in quality improvement and patient safety in Europe, highlighting regional perspectives and evidence. It will showcase internationally recognized keynotes and experience, bringing the best of international learning to the region. Join IHI and BMJ in exchanging ideas, celebrating successes, and helping each other solve problems.



QIPS in the News

Help us celebrate you!  Send us your editorial, peer review paper, news story, televised lecture or accomplishments as they relate to quality improvement and patient safety.

Letter from the Editor 


Dear QIPS Members,

It feels like a whole different world since the last newsletter in February. We have all been forced to adapt our personal and professional lives for the COVID-19 pandemic. I have seen us rise to the challenge and conduct innovative PPE acquisition strategies or implement treatment strategies not common in the ED setting (ie proning). As I have spoken to colleagues with more gray hairs, they consistently comment about the pace of information. Whether it is social media or our own personal networks, information on successful strategies is moving at a pace that was previously limited to scientific publications. This sharing of information has allowed care networks to better prepare for the expected surges but also implement workflow processes to protect the workforce. Your commitment to the specialty has not gone unnoticed by your community and colleagues.

This newsletter brings a mix of COVID-19 and non COVID-19 materials. We sent a survey in January 2020 to better understand our membership and present summary findings. We also made significant updates to the QIPS website both for the short term (COVID-19 resources) and for long term user appeal. While ACEP 2020 scientific assembly will go all online, we want to remind people about elections and awards and that we are planning for a QIPS meeting.

As always, we on the leadership board are here to represent your thoughts and be a platform to disseminate ideas related to safety and quality. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us. Do you have a QI project that you want to highlight or a perspective you want to share? Send it to me, Rohit Sangal, and we can discuss how to highlight it in future newsletters!





Rohit B. Sangal, MD

Assistant Medical Director

Department of Emergency Medicine

Yale New Haven Hospital




QIPS TIPS #33: Falling for You!
Shari Welch , MD, FACHE, FACEP 

As you now know, in 2008 CMS identified ten categories of conditions that will no longer be reimbursed. The implementation of this rule is now being felt by hospitals and providers. On a gut level the change does not seem unreasonable. The new rule basically says that if something bad happens to a patient in the hospital, the hospital does not get paid to treat that condition. These so-called Hospital Acquired Conditions include one entity particularly relevant for the emergency department: Falls and Trauma.

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