Quality Improvement Awards

▶ ASA/APSF Quality Improvement Award

▶ Past QI Awardees

▶ APSF Trainee Quality Improvement (TQI) Award

▶ Past TQI Awardees


2020 ASA/APSF Quality Improvement Award

The ASA and APSF combined efforts in 2020 to sponsor the ASA/APSF Quality Improvement Award competition. The award competition was developed in 2020 by ASA and APSF to encourage outstanding quality improvement abstract submissions to the ASA annual meeting for presentation. The ASA Committee on Scientific and Education Exhibits reviewed all submitted abstracts in the quality improvement category and, in conjunction with the APSF Committee on Education & Training, designated 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for the awards in 2020. The awardees and their abstracts for 2020 are:

 

2020

Syed Abdul Rahman, M.D.
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County
Chicago, IL
The ASA/APSF Quality Improvement Award
First Place
Improving Pain Management At Cook County Health And Hospital System

Kathryn K. Lauer, M.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
The ASA/APSF Quality Improvement Award
Second Place
Moderate/Deep Sedation- Are You Safe?

Hadi Sakhai, M.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
The ASA/APSF Quality Improvement Award
Third Place
How Autonomous Drive And A Team Model Leads To Reduction In Post-operative Hypothermia9


2020 APSF Trainee Quality Improvement (TQI) Recognition Program

The APSF Committee on Education and Training, under the direction of APSF leadership, announces the fifth annual Trainee Quality Improvement (TQI) Recognition Program. The 2020 program again hosts tracts for student registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologist assistant graduate students. New this year, the APSF and ASA are collaborating on a separate Quality Improvement Abstract Award program. APSF invites all US and Canadian anesthesia professions in training to demonstrate their program’s work in patient safety and QI initiatives.

Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologist Assistant Graduate Students

All submissions will consist of a video describing the QI project and requisite accompanying information. All video abstracts submissions will be created on a mobile device (example, iPhone or iPad).

Supplemental Information. APSF will accept up to two completed submissions from each US and Canadian training program in each specialty tract. Valid submissions shall contain a video abstract created on a mobile device of the submitting individual’s choice. A maximum time limit of 4 minutes per abstract is allowed, thereby allowing 3 minutes for abstract presentation and 1 minute for discussion. The video must be in MP4 or WMV. Maximum file size allowed is 250 MB.

The submission process –

  • Create a video showcasing your patient safety and quality improvement innovation
  • Go online to dropbox.com and create an account
  • Upload the video to the Dropbox account and share the file with the email address [email protected]
  • Send a brief email notification of your completed submission to the APSF TQI Committee at [email protected]. The committee will promptly review your material and acknowledge receipt.

Project submission deadline: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologist Assistant Graduate Students is August 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm CDT

The top three projects in each track will receive APSF recognition and financial rewards of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively. Winners will be notified in late September and announced on the APSF, AANA, and AAAA websites.

Anesthesia Residents

The APSF and ASA are collaborating to provide a resident-physician forum to share experiences

and teach others how they handled a difficult situation. Presenters will receive feedback regarding how others might have proceeded under the same circumstances. All learning tracks will be represented so there is a case for every medical specialty.

The submission process –

Information on how to submit QI abstracts to the ASA Annual Meeting can be found at ASA MCC/QI Submission Guidelines.

Project submission deadline (extended): June 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

The top three projects will receive both ASA and APSF recognition. Additionally, APSF will provide financial rewards of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively. Abstracts invited to be presented at a virtual session will be notified in late September and announced on the APSF and ASA websites.

In fairness to all programs, incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. Please email any inquiries to [email protected]. A committee member will promptly respond.

 

Past TQI Awardees

2019

Jack Jeng, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
APSF Trainee Quality Improvement (TQI) Program
Resident Physician Anesthesiologists
First Place
The Safe Use and Monitoring of Non-Depolarizing Neuromuscular Blocking Drugs

Brent Harkrider, M.D.
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
APSF Trainee Quality Improvement (TQI) Program
Resident Physician Anesthesiologists
Second Place
Obstetrics and Opioid Stewardship

2018

Daniel Wong, M.D.
Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY
The Trainee Quality Improvement Program Award
Resident Physician Anesthesiologists
First Place
Intraoperative Cephazolin Redosing – Practice Review and Improvement

Rajeev Krishnaney-Davison, M.D.
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
The Trainee Quality Improvement Program Award
Resident Physician Anesthesiologists
Second Place (Tie)
Standardization of the PACU Hand Off Communication Structure and Process

Danielle Ward, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
The Trainee Quality Improvement Program Award
Resident Physician Anesthesiologists
Second Place (Tie)
Improving Adherence to Syringe Labeling in the Operating Suite

Josh Rogers, SAA
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
The Anesthesiologist Assistant Graduate Student Trainee Quality Improvement Program Award
First Place
Use of the SOAP ME Checklist during the Anesthesia Time Out

Lauren Easterbrook, RN, BSN
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
The Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists Trainee Quality Improvement Program Award
First Place
Improving Medication Handoff Practices Between PACU RNs and Anesthesia Providers

Nick Halford, RN, BSN
Millikin University & Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur, IL
The Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists Trainee Quality Improvement Program Award
Second Place
Implementation and Evaluation of Anesthesia Specific Student Intern Setup Tool (ASSIST) Into A Nurse Anesthesia Program

2017

Michael Plakke, MD
Suraj Yalamuri, MD
Duke University
Durham, NC
The Resident Quality Improvement Program Award
Resident Physician Anesthesiologists
First Place
The Duke ICU Transition to OR (DITTO) Checklist

Claudia Sotillo, MD
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
The Resident Quality Improvement Program Award
Resident Physician Anesthesiologists
Second Place (Tie)
Reducing Pharmaceutical (Propofol) Waste Quality Improvement Project

Devan Bartels, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
The Resident Quality Improvement Program Award
Resident Physician Anesthesiologists
Second Place (Tie)
Improving Patient Care with Better Transitions of Care