Hot Topic! Improving Quality and Patient Safety: A Collaborative Approach


Anthony P. Dawson, MSN, RN, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Milstein
Laurie A. Saletnik, DNP, RN, Johns Hopkins Hospital

This session will focus on the key aspects of quality and patient safety in the perioperative setting. The speakers will share key practices and performance improvement (PI) processes by providing real life examples of PI projects, how they engage, and how they collaborate with their peers and colleagues, especially in other hospital departments, in order to improve perioperative care. A primary focus will be key regulatory requirements, meeting the needs of today’s health care reform, increasing efficiency, decreasing costs while maintaining a safe environment for patients and staff. In addition, the speakers will review in detail how to organize your existing quality program into an easy one, two, three step format. Our speakers will share best practices that can benefit every program. 


  • Provide an overview of health care regulatory compliance. 
  • Compare key regulatory requirements for quality and patient safety. 
  • Describe collaboration that works. 
  • Identify key strategies in developing a successful and sustainable program. 

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