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ACCM Achievements, April 2014

Grants Received

Bryan Maxwell, MD, was awarded a grant for his study, “Development of a Comprehensive Perioperative Registry of Noncardiac Surgery and Obstetric Care for Patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease,” from the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Foundation/International Anesthesia Research Society.

Bryan Maxwell, MD, was awarded a Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Foundation Kaplan Leadership Grant for his study “Development of a Perioperative Consult Service for Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Across the Mid-Atlantic Region.” He also received $2447 intramural matching.

Vinciya Pandian, PhD, RN, ACNP, received the JHH Shirley Sohmer Research Award grant for $1000. The Nursing Awards Ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 during the Nursing Leadership Forum.

Articles Published

  1. Austin JM, D'Andrea G, Birkmeyer JD, Leape LL, Milstein A, Pronovost PJ, Romano PS, Singer SJ, Vogus TJ, Wachter RM. Safety in numbers: the development of Leapfrog's composite patient safety score for U.S. hospitals. J Patient Saf 2014; 10:64-71.
  2. Burd I, Zhang F, Dada T, Mishra MK, Borbiev T, Lesniak W, Baghlaf H, Kannan S, Kannan RM. Fetal uptake of intra-amniotically delivered dendrimers in a mouse model of intrauterine inflammation and preterm birth. Nanomedicine 2014; in press.
  3. Cohen SP. Con: I would not perform another ESI in this patient. Pain Med 2014; 15:545-6.
  4. Evans A, Dwarakanath S, Hogue C, Brady M, Poppers J, Miller S, Weiner MM. Intraoperative echocardiography for patients undergoing lung transplantation. Anesth Analg 2014; 118:725-30.
  5. Herrick DB, Ullman N, Nekoovaght-Tak S, Hanley DF, Awad I, Ledroux S, Thompson CB, Ziai WC. Determinants of external ventricular drain placement and associated outcomes in patients with spontaneous intraventricular hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care 2014; in press
  6. Jacob A, Chakravarthy K. Engineering magnetic nanoparticles for thermo-ablation and drug delivery in neurological cancers. Cureus 2014; 6:e170.
  7. Klompas M, Speck K, Howell MD, Greene LR, Berenholtz SM. Reappraisal of routine oral care with chlorhexidine gluconate for patients receiving mechanical ventilation: systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med 2014; in press.
  8. Lee AC, Reduque LL, Luban NL, Ness PM, Anton B, Heitmiller ES. Transfusion-associated hyperkalemic cardiac arrest in pediatric patients receiving massive transfusion. Transfusion 2014; 54:244-54.
    —This article in Transfusion was accompanied by a 3-page editorial.
  9. Liu S, Li C, Xing Y, Tao F. Effect of transplantation of human embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitor cells on adult neurogenesis in aged hippocampus. Am J Stem Cells 2014; 3:21-6.
  10. Martinez EA, Donelan K, Henneman JP, Berenholtz SM, Miralles PD, Krug AE, Iezzoni LI, Charnin JE, Pronovost PJ. Identifying meaningful outcome measures for the intensive care unit. Am J Med Qual 2014; 29:144-52.
  11. Maxwell BG, Wong JK, Miller DC, Lobato RL. Temporal changes in survival after cardiac surgery are associated with the thirty-day mortality benchmark. Health Serv Res 2014; in press.
    —The authors examined temporal patterns of survival after cardiac surgery at the national level and found an abrupt change in mortality precisely at day 30. This finding raises the possibility that using 30-day mortality as a quality measure may alter clinician behavior.
  12. Narang AK, Lam E, Makary MA, Deweese TL, Pawlik TM, Pronovost PJ, Herman JM. Accuracy of marketing claims by providers of stereotactic radiation therapy. J Oncol Pract 2013; 9:57-62.
  13. Nussenblatt V, Avdic E, Berenholtz S, Daugherty E, Hadhazy E, Lipsett PA, Maragakis LL, Perl TM, Speck K, Swoboda SM, Ziai W, Cosgrove SE. Ventilator-associated pneumonia: overdiagnosis and treatment are common in medical and surgical intensive care units. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014; 35:278-84.
  14. Ouanes JP, Tomas VG, Sieber F. Special anesthetic consideration for the patient with a fragility fracture. Clin Geriatr Med 2014; 30:243-59.
  15. Pham JC, Alblaihed L, Cheung DS, Levy F, Hill PM, Kelen GD, Pronovost PJ, Kirsch TD. Measuring patient safety in the emergency department. Am J Med Qual 2014; 29:99-104.
  16. Pronovost PJ, Wachter RM. Progress in patient safety: a glass fuller than it seems. Am J Med Qual 2014; 29:165-9.
  17. Qureshi A, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Ziai W. A rare infectious presentation of a temporal bone meningioma. J Neurooncol 2014; 116:633-4.
  18. Shander A, Gandhi N, Aslakson RA. Anesthesiologists and the quality of death. Anesth Analg 2014; 118:695-7.
  19. Sutter R, Barnes B, Leyva A, Kaplan PW, Geocadin RG. Electroencephalographic sleep elements and outcome in acute encephalopathic patients: a 4-year cohort study. Eur J Neurol 2014; in press.
  20. Watson SR, Pronovost PJ. Building a highway to quality health care. J Patient Saf 2014; in press.
  21. Xu Q, Cheong YK, He SQ, Tiwari V, Liu J, Wang Y, Raja SN, Li J, Guan Y, Li W. Suppression of spinal connexin 43 expression attenuates mechanical hypersensitivity in rats after an L5 spinal nerve injury. Neurosci Lett 2014; 566C:194-9.

Books and Book Chapters
Stevens RD, Hart N, Herridge MS. Textbook of Post-ICU Medicine: The Legacy of Critical Care. Oxford University Press, USA. 2014.

Accomplishments and Honors

  • Joy Bolden (Research Services Manager) and her Sponsored Projects team brought ACCM into the top 5 clinical departments on the JHU Sponsored Projects Dashboard – a report used to measure departmental compliance with institutional standards for sponsored project management.
  • Elizabeth Nance, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow working with Sujatha Kannan, has been selected to be a finalist for the Burroughs Wellcome Faculty Transition Award. She is one of 24 finalists from 300 applicants. Twelve of the finalists will receive the award, which will provide salary support as a faculty for up to 5 years.
  • An abstract by Kazuyo Yamaji-Kegan, PhD, was selected as one of the top 4 abstracts at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s 2014 international conference.
  • The ACCM IT team recently celebrated a major milestone as they completed their final 650th workstation conversion from Windows XP to Windows 7. With the clock ticking as the April 8, 2014 end of Windows XP updates deadline approached, the IT team crossed the finish line with a couple of days to spare. The team quietly moved the entire department’s computer fleet to the required Johns Hopkins Medicine Enterprise Windows 7 Workstation Image. Months of behind-the-scenes technical upgrades and logistical planning by the entire IT Team were required to pull this off. Special kudos to Mike Lindemann, Esti Rossberg, and Susan Wu for their hard work and for infusing a spirit of fun and collegiality during the past year that made the long journey seem shorter and always possible.
  • Pam Wockenfuss and the ACCM Finance team along with Sharon Paul and her ACCM IT team identified and disconnected unused telephone lines and pagers throughout the department, saving about $50,000 per year for the department.
  • The Lead CRNA group revised and implemented a comprehensive orientation plan for newly hired CRNAs. The organized introduction to the department is making a positive difference in the onboarding process.

Conference Presentations

  • Steven Beaudry, MD, will present a poster titled "Perioperative management of a parturient with severe preeclampsia, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, and respiratory failure on veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) undergoing cesarean section" at the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology 2014 Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada in May 2014.
  • Nancy Rueckert, RN, MSN, and Bonnie Shope, RN, BSN, of Zayed 3 PACU were chosen to submit a poster and present a podium presentation at The American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses National Convention in April 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Elizabeth Morse, RN, DM,NEA-BC, is also an author of the presentation. The title of the presentation is “Creating a Perianesthesia Nursing Model of Care for Interventional Radiology Patients.”
  • Myrna Mamaril, RN, MS, Jessica Kalb, BSN, RN, and Cheryl Connors, MSN, RN, had the following abstract accepted for the JH Safety Summit and ASPAN: Implementing Unique Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) Initiative: Changing Practice in the Peds PACU.
  • Graziela F. Bautista, Elizabeth A. Luna, Maria A. San Nicolas, Mary Christina Joy Lazo, Sylvia Urso, Regina Dulad, and Patricia Ryan had the following abstract accepted for the ASPAN national conference: Clinical with Electronic Documentation Orientation in the Prep/Pacu Setting: How Can We Make It Work Efficiently Together?
  • Mary Christina Joy Lazo, Maria Liza Anicoche, Melanie Mallari, Elizabeth Turner, and David West had the following abstract accepted for the ASPAN national conference: Everyone’s Safety Is in Your Hands.
  • Eugene Hsu, Tracey Stierer, Susan Humphreys, Elizabeth L. Morse, Laura Kaiser, Mary Lazo, Peter J. Pronovost, and Charles V. Brown presented the following poster at the ACMQ conference: A Pilot Project for Identifying, Measuring, and Preventing Respiratory Depression Events in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit.

In the Media
Matt Austin on Consumer Reports rankings on hospital safety in Medscape
Peter Pronovost in the Wall Street Journal on end-of-life health-care costs:
Peter Pronovost on infection rates on CNN:
Peter Pronovost in Modern Healthcare on surgical checklists:


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Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease" – Thomas Wang, M.D.
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