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Local health staff learn USA patient safety story

December 21, 2016 in

BDHP’s Professor David Siddle and Areti Gavrilidis (left) with Dr Peter Pronovost, Metro South Health’s Dr Michael Daly and Nancy Edwards-Molello from Johns Hopkins Hospital

Health professional, research, education and administrative leaders from greater Brisbane gained valuable insights into patient safety at a recent presentation by world expert Dr Peter Pronovost in Brisbane.

Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners hosted the seminar by Dr Pronovost from America’s Johns Hopkins Hospital on 26 October. To view the seminar, visit the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners Youtube channel.

Dr Pronovost is one of the world’s leading experts in patient safety in hospitals. His scientifically proven method for reducing deadly infections associated with central line catheters has virtually eliminated such infections in ICUs in Michigan, USA, saving 1500 lives and $100 million annually.

Over 200 people registered for the seminar, which focused on the work undertaken by Johns Hopkins Hospital to improve patient safety following the loss of a young patient in 2001. In his presentation, Dr Pronovost chronicled the 15 year journey to becoming a world-leading organisation in patient safety [read more].

The presentation was the culmination of months of co-ordination by BDHP with Dr Pronovost and Ernst and Young who hosted his visit to Australia. BDHP is working closely with Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute in the area of developing High Reliability Organisations through clinical communities. This will enable hospital and health services to get better at using data to improve patient care and outcomes.