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SBUMC Team Receives Prestigeous APSF Patient Safety Award

12/10/2007


Rishimani Adsumelli, M.D., M.B.B.S., F.F.A.R.C.S., Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and co-authors were selected to receive the Ellison Pierce Patient Safety Award for the exhibit, "Maternal Hemorrhage: A Proactive Multidisciplinary Approach to Reduce Mortality and Morbidity." The award was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF). The award, named after its founder Dr. Ellison Pierce, is the highest award given by the APSF.

Commended for its multidisciplinary systems, the presentation highlights the protocols that can effectively reduce maternal hemorrhage mortality and morbidity rates developed at Stony Brook Univeresity Medical Center. Maternal hemmorrhage occurs either during or after a woman has delivered her baby. The protocol was developed by a multidisciplinary task force consisting of anesthesiologists, obstetricians, nurses, and Blood Bank staff, as a means of anticipating and responding to maternal hemorrhage, one of the most common causes of maternal death. The task force protocol places emphasis on identifying those patients at high risk for maternal hemorrhage and how to access blood products rapidly. Staff received training through educational programs and simulated drills. Code Noelle -- the overhead page called in the event of a maternal hemorrhage -- got its name from the mannequin used in practice drills.

"This is one of the highest honors bestowed upon our profession, and we are extremely proud," says Peter S.A. Glass, M.D., Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology."Ellison Pierce is one of the grandfathers of patient safety; he is largely responsible for Anesthesia being singled out as the safest medical specialty by the Institute of Medicine."

Dr. Adsumelli’s co-authors include Ellen Steinberg, M.D., also from the Department of Anesthesiology; Todd Griffin, M.D.,and Paul Ogburn, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Adriann Combs, R.N.C., Wanda Davilla, R.N.C., and Antonietta Lynch, R.N.C., Division of Nursing; and Dennis Galanakis, M.D., Director of the Blood Bank.

Ellison Pierce Patient Safety Award
Rishimani Adsumelli, M.D., Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, second from left, received the Ellison Pierce Patient Safety Award for the exhibit, "Maternal Hemorrhage: A Proactive Multidisciplinary Approach to Reduce Mortality and Morbidity." This is the highest award given by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF). She is pictured with APSF members at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
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