Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

All residents participate in Guthrie‚Äôs Annual Research Day.  Residents can either participate with a live Oral Presentation or submit a poster.

Each resident is assigned to one of these hospital committees:

  • Clinical Quality Committee
  • Patient Safety Committee
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • Antibiotic Stewardship Committee 
  • Medical Records Documentation Committee
  • Stroke Committee
  • Hip Fracture Committee
  • Arthroplasty Committee

The Graduate Medical Education office holds monthly competency forum lectures.  Patient safety and quality improvement topics are presented and discussed, and all of our residents attend these lectures.

Our yearly didactic schedule includes monthly Morbidity and Mortality conferences which generate root cause analysis reports, as well as twice per year Quality data review.

Our residents are involved in several Quality Improvement projects.

  • Osteoporosis follow-up/workup (DEXA) in patients with Hip fx?
  • Regional anesthesia/block in ED for reductions instead of conscious sedation
  • TXA administration on admission and perioperatively effect on LOS, cost, dispo location in patients with isolated hip fractures regardless of fixation. (Secondary outcomes: transfusion rates, 30-day morbidity/mortality)
  • Triage of Fracture Patients Reduces Trauma Admissions to Non-Surgical Services and Improves Outcomes
  • Resident operated mini C-arm instead of portable x-ray for assessment of fracture reductions in the Emergency Room.
  • Cost analysis of implants and disposables for a variety of Ortho procedures