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Fatima Hospital receives 2017 Quinlan Award for Patient Safety Excellence from HARI

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital was the recipient of the 2017 Edward J. Quinlan Award for Patient Safety Excellence at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island’s “Celebration of Excellence” on March 15 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The team from Fatima received the award for their submission entitled: “A Retrospective Studyof the Effects of a Peri-articular Multimodal Drug Therapy in Total Hip/Knee Arthroplasty”. The award is a tribute to Edward Quinlan, who championed quality improvement and patient safety initiatives while he served as president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) for two decades.

Cath­erine Rodrigues, MS, RN, CJCP, Clinical Care Coordinator for CharterCARE Health Partners, spearheaded the study and application process, working closely with colleagues Dr. Peter Pizzarrello Jr., Dr. Vijayendra Sudheendra, Dr.Robert Buonanno, Dr. John Prinscott, Shannon Silva, RN, Patricia Bibeault, RN, Colleen Fitz­simmons, MS,PT,CSRS, Nancy Fogarty, Martha Roberts, Pharm.D. and staff from nursing units Care One and peri-operative services at Fatima. Peri-articular Multimodal Drug Injection is a mixture of medications delivered into the posterior capsule of the knee or hip joint resulting in better pain relief, decreased opioid use, larger range of motion, and lower rates of nausea and vomiting.

Patients of the Total Joint Replacement Program at Fatima are benefiting from the results of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program aimed at optimizing care, improving patient engagement and enhancing post-operative recovery. Adequate pain control is a key component to recovery for total joint replacement patients. A multi-disciplinary team worked to enhance the multimodal pain regimen with the goal of better pain relief, decreased opioid use and increased range of motion. The program, which became a standardized process at the hospital following a successful pilot, also has resulted in decreased length of stay and enhanced patient satisfaction.

 A number of the team members who contributed to the project are pictured here at the HARI “Celebration of Excellence” event.