Patient Safety Stars were shining bright March 11 at the 10th annual Patient Safety Stars Breakfast in the East Garden Room. The National Patient Safety Awareness Week kickoff event recognized 35 individuals and 10 teams from departments throughout the hospital as 2019 Patient Safety Stars. The award honors staff, nominated by their peers, for outstanding quality and safety improvement efforts and dedication to patient safety.

One team recognized during the event was the Ambulatory Anaphylaxis Guideline Development Team that created a guideline empowering frontline staff to confidently administer epinephrine when a patient experiences an anaphylactic reaction. “It was such an honor to be recognized at Patient Safety Stars for doing the work that we are passionate about and love to do every day,” said team member Anna Wolfson, MD, of the MGH Allergy Associates. “We recognized an unmet need regarding management of anaphylaxis and adverse drug reactions in the ambulatory setting, and then were able to translate this into a functional guideline. These sorts of projects will enable providers to improve upon the excellent care we are providing at MGH.”

Compassion for patients and diligence were at the core of many nominations. Domingas Ferreira, of Environmental Services, was working in the Emergency Department when she realized a bathroom door was locked with a patient inside. Concerned, Ferreira contacted both the patient’s observer and MGH Police, Security and Outside Services to open the door in time to prevent the patient from self-harm.

 “I want to thank the individuals and teams recognized because they are the type who really help make our hospital what it is and help us make good on our most important commitment to our patients – providing excellent, safe patient care,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president.

For a full list of this year’s recipients, visit the Patient Safety Stars page on Apollo, the MGH intranet.

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