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Quality Update - Summer 2010

Summer 2010

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D'Amico and Gangemi
A New York health system decides to create a patient safety program—
and travels to Johns Hopkins for guidance.

Improving new-parent education on the proper use of infant car seats is one of the safety projects spearheaded by staff on the labor and delivery unit at Rochester General Hospital. In the program, safety efforts are championed by hospital leaders, such as Christine D’Amico (second from left) and Richard Gangemi (second from right).

Articles in this Issue

Top Story

  • A New York Health System decides to create a patient safety program—and travels to Johns Hopkins for guidance.


  • Two Hopkins teams devise ways to block the interruptions that can lead to medication errors.
  • Daniel Brotman, head of the hospitalist program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, explains how he works to get physician buy-in on patient safety efforts.
  • Trained in patient safety at Johns Hopkins, two young physicians take strategies home to Mexico.
  • In one Johns Hopkins residency program, physicians get a break from patient care duties so they can tackle quality improvement projects. 
  • Maryland hospitals and blood suppliers work to keep blood products from being discarded before they can be given to patients.

Points From Pronovost

  • Johns Hopkins' patient safety guru shares his tips on designing quality improvement projects that have an enduring impact. 

The Director's Chair

  • The Center for Innovation's executive director explains how hospital leaders need to model the behavior they want their frontline staff to adopt for patient safety.


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