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Children's Hospital Receives William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award

October 05, 2006

Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center has received the Washington State Medical Association’s William O. Robertson, MD, Patient Safety Award for its innovative project, “Pediatric Ambulatory Care: an Innovative Patient Safety Solution for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Implantable Devices.”

Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center has received the Washington State Medical Association’s William O. Robertson, MD, Patient Safety Award for its innovative project, “Pediatric Ambulatory Care: an Innovative Patient Safety Solution for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Implantable Devices.”

The project focused on standardizing how children with implanted devices, such as pacemakers, shunts, and insulin pumps, are identified prior to receiving Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) procedures at the Hospital.
Every year, nearly 3,500 MRI procedures are performed at Children’s. Of those, approximately 17 percent are for children with implantable devices. MRI scanners can interfere with an implantable device, causing the device to shut down or malfunction. It is extremely important that MRI technicians and physicians know when a child has an implantable device and how that may impact the MRI procedure.

Children’s focused on standardizing computer orders and communication between department and staff for patients with implantable devices to ensure that proper precautions are in place and the MRI scan will be safe.
“It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to improve patient safety in ambulatory care,” said Jill Langle, MHA, RPh, Patient Safety Manager at Children’s. “The multidisciplinary team that engaged in this project was excited about the process improvements we were able to make because they lower the risk for our patients and improve the quality of care they receive.”

“The team took the initiative to create a new tool that integrates with our Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system to ensure we document all patients with implanted devices. Since this tool was implemented in May 2005, all patients with implanted devices have been identified prior to MRI procedures,” said Children’s Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Richard Molteni.

The William O. Robertson award was established by the Washington State Legislature in 2005 to recognize innovative patient safety efforts in the ambulatory setting, and to promote broader incorporation of such efforts. A pediatrician and founder and medical director of the Washington Poison Center, Dr. Robertson has been a vocal advocate of patient safety throughout his long, prolific career. Dr. Robertson is an active member of the medical staff at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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