CS&E Educational Program News & Information

Spring 2016

UT Health, MD Anderson Projects Win CS&E Awards

Projects on reduction of ventilator hours, decreasing surgical site infections and improving workflow for general ultrasounds from UT Health and MD Anderson won the top three prizes at the recent University of Texas System Shared Visions: Improving Systems to Improve Lives conference in San Antonio.

The first place award went to the project “Get to Green: Improving Team Communication to Reduce Ventilator Hours” by Alexandris Aman and Bela Patel, M.D., of UT Health Science Center – Houston.

MD Anderson’s Jolyn Taylor, M.D., and Claire Marten, PharmD, received second place honors for the project “The DISINFECT Initiative: Decreasing the Incidence of Surgical Infections in Gynecologic Oncology.”  

Third place honors went to the cancer center's Rhoda Reading, BSBA, RDMA, RT and Silvana Faria, M.D., Ph.D., for the project “Optimizing General Ultrasound Workflow.

The winning teams were graduates of the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness program that trains clinicians at all UT System Health facilities in quality improvement.

Three other special awards were also announced at the meeting for these projects:

  • “My Pain’s a 10, Doc!” by Adrian Nedelcut and Lisa Bailey, RN, of UT Health Science Center – Tyler
  • “Improved Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in East Texas” by Carlton Allen, M.S., and Edward Sauter, M.D., of UT Health Science Center – Tyler
  • “Improving Bone Health for Prostate Cancer Patients on Androgen Deprivation Therapy” by Jeong-he Ku, M.D., and Ugis Gruntmanis, M.D. of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The Shared Visions conference combines the UT System programs in Clinical Safety and Effectiveness along with the system programs on Systems Engineering in Healthcare.

Mayo’s Rupp to speak at Celebrating Improvement

William C. Rupp, M.D., of the Mayo Health System will be the keynote speaker at MD Anderson’s Celebrating Improvement at MD Anderson on Oct. 21 at noon.

Dr. Rupp is an expert on high reliability in health care.  He has more than 30 years of experience in medical leadership.

Celebrating Improvement honors improvement efforts throughout the cancer center.  Quality improvement teams are recognized according to the stage of their project. The stages are PLAN, DO,   STUDY, ACT, Act + (SUSTAIN), Act++ (SPREAD) for each milestone of the project.

In addition to the talk, there are posters for viewing.  Here is the complete schedule for Celebrating Improvement on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016:

  • Early Poster Viewing: 11 a.m. – Noon
  • Program: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Poster Reception 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The program will be in MD Anderson’s Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400) and the posters and reception will be in the Anderson Conference Center (R11.1100).

Final CS&E Newsletter

This version of the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness News will be the last.  

The newsletter has been written by Paul SoRelle, program manager for division publications, in MD Anderson’s Office of Performance Improvement.  SoRelle will be retiring at the end of June.  

When the newsletter was started many of the CS&E participants came to MD Anderson to attend classes.  Now the CS&E program has become a fixture on each of the UT System Health Care campuses.  There is little value in providing this newsletter now that the program has grown. 

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