3 University of Maryland Medical System Hospitals Recognized for Patient Safety Innovation

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The Maryland Patient Safety Center has recognized three University of Maryland Medical System hospitals for developing innovative solutions to increase patient safety. The hospitals will receive the awards in March 2014 in Washington, D.C.

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center and the University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital were selected to receive top honors – the 2014 Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation and the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award in Patient Safety Innovation, respectively.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center was recognized for improving survival rates for patients with life-threatening sepsis by 9.8 percent using a team approach to develop evidence-based guidelines for early recognition, assessment and treatment. UM Harford Memorial Hospital developed a way to decrease the delivery times for stroke patients of tPA, a drug associated with lower mortality.

The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center was selected for a Circle of Honor award for its clinical decision unit, which was designed to increase collaboration to reduce variability and expedite patient care.

A panel of independent judges who are leaders in Maryland’s healthcare community selected the award winners from 79 submissions. The Maryland Patient Safety Center strives to make healthcare in Maryland the safest in the nation by focusing on the systems of care, reducing the occurrence of adverse events and improving the culture of patient safety at healthcare facilities.