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Society of Hospital Medicine
Society Of Hospital Medicine Recognizes the Ucsd Team
Headed by Greg Maynard, Md, Msc with the Team Approaches in Quality
Maynard presented with SHM’s first-ever,
Team Approaches in Quality Improvement Award.
PHILADELPHIA (April 23, 2008) – The Society of
Hospital Medicine (SHM) recently presented Greg Maynard, MD, MSc and his
team, with its newest honor, the Team Approaches in Quality Improvement
Award, at Hospital Medicine 2008, SHM’s annual meeting, held
earlier this month in San Diego, California. The award was given in
recognition of the team’s approach to designing a Venous
Thromboembolism (VTE) prevention protocol.
Members of the team, from the University of California, San Diego
(UCSD), included Ian Jenkins, MD, Sarah Stone, MD, Josh Lee, MD, Tim
Morris, MD, Peter Fedullo, MD, Robert Schoenhaus, PharmD, Doug Humber,
PharmD, Marian Renvall, Pat Cal, Ed Fink, and Isabella London. The
project, titled Optimizing Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Venous
Thromboembolism, has now been implemented at over 25 sites. By using
proven performance improvement methodology, and a multidisciplinary team
structure, this UCSD team designed a VTE Prevention protocol for all
adult inpatients at their academic center. The protocol integrated a
simple VTE risk assessment with a menu of prophylaxis options preferred
at each level of risk. This approach substantially reduced the number of
preventable blot clots and saved lives and money.
“SHM recognizes that optimum health care is a team sport. The
success of Maynard’s team at UCSD is a fine example of how
hospitalists along with the entire hospital-based care team, will be at
the forefront of the next generation of health care delivery.
Hospitalist leaders all over the country are leading teams of health
professional that are working hard to improve quality in our
nation’s hospitals. SHM is proud to present Dr. Maynard and his
team with our first-ever Team Approaches in Quality Improvement
Award,” said Larry Wellikson, MD, SHM’s chief executive
Dr. Maynard is a professor of clinical medicine and chief of the
Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San
Diego. Over 3 years of study, the number of patients at the test
hospitals suffering from hospital-acquired VTE decreased dramatically
and the percentage of patients with adequate VTE prophylaxis regimens
increased from 55 percent to 98 percent.
The Society of Hospital Medicine is the premier medical society
representing hospitalists, physicians whose primary focus is the care of
hospitalized patients. Over the past decade, research studies proving
that hospitalists decrease patient lengths of stay, hospital costs and
patient mortality rates while increasing patient satisfaction, have
galvanized the hospital medicine profession and spurred demand for
hospitalists nationwide. Currently, hospital medicine is the
fastest-growing medical specialty in the U.S., with today’s 20,000
hospitalists projected to grow to about 30,000 by the end of the
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