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Webinars in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

The Armstrong Institute periodically hosts free educational webinars to support the efforts of health care organizations everywhere to improve the safety, quality and value of care.

Past Webinars

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“Taming the Opioid Epidemic: The Role of Naloxone Prescribing”

June 14, 2017
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Suzanne Amato Nesbit
Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., C.P.E., F.C.C.P., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pain Management, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Juliana Zschoche
Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital


The statistics on opioid overdoses in the United States are staggering: Since 1999, overdose deaths from opioids have nearly quadrupled. In 2015, more than 33,000 deaths involved opioids. Often, by the time that paramedics arrive, it is too late to save a life.

As this epidemic rages, more health care organizations are taking steps to prescribe naloxone (Narcan®) to high-risk patients to reverse opioid overdoses. In this webinar, clinical pharmacy specialists Suzanne Nesbit and Juliana Zschoche:

  • Review methods for identifying patients at high overdose risk
  • Provide recommendations for writing and filling of naloxone prescriptions
  • Discuss challenges to developing and implementing naloxone prescribing across a health system
  • Compare strategies for incorporating overdose education and naloxone programs into different care settings

Their presentation draws on their experiences of creating and implementing a naloxone-prescribing policy across the Johns Hopkins Health System’s hospitals, ambulatory settings and outpatient pharmacies.

Clinical workers talking around an inpatient

“Diagnosis as a Team Sport”

March 1, 2017


David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence


Physicians are tasked with identifying the patient’s medical condition, but they are not the only ones who can ensure a correct diagnosis. Nurses, physical therapists, physician assistants and family members can also help prevent incorrect or missed diagnoses. In a one-hour webinar, Dr. Newman-Toker discusses the benefits of diagnostic teamwork, how to involve other health care professionals and patients as critical members of the diagnostic team, and the barriers to diagnostic teamwork.

“Preventing Avoidable Venous Thromboembolism: Every Patient, Every Time”

March 8, 2016
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Johns Hopkins Venous Thromboembolism Collaborative


Members of the VTE Collaborative discuss their strategies and insights for preventing dangerous blood clots in hospitalized patients. Learn how the team has taken a systematic approach to ensuring that every patient is screened for VTE risk, that appropriate prophylaxis is ordered, and that those preventive treatments are actually administered.