One of the Langston Quality Scholars teams from the first cohort has been invited to present their work and participate in a follow-up panel discussion during the April 6-7, 2017, National Academy of Medicine Workshop: Exploring a Business Case for High-Value Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The team is Kristin Miller, MD and Amy Dean, RN from the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (MRICU). Using the performance improvement method taught to the scholars – the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) method, the team implemented interdisciplinary huddles to improve plans for sedation, mobility, and ventilation in their ICU patients. Kristin and Amy found that with a huddle in place the patients’ length of stay in the ICU and their overall hospital stay decreased. If this project and its findings are sustained in this ICU the health system could save more than $1 million/year.

Paul Mazmanian who is part of the Langston Quality Scholars planning committee and also part of the NAM committee on Continuing Professional Development suggested Kristin and Amy’s work to be a case study in NAM’s workshop.

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