Knowledge Lab 2015: CLMA’s ICE Initiative is a Resounding Success

CLMA/SAFMLS Partnership Adds Enthusiasm to KnowledgeLab 2015

In sunny Orlando, Florida, this year’s Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) KnowledgeLab started on a positive note with an opening keynote given by Lt. General Douglas J. Robb, Director, Defense Health Agency (DHA), and Defense Health Headquarters. Lt. (Dr.) Robb gave a rousing talk about how laboratories are often key contributors and leaders in effecting change within military and civilian healthcare systems. This year’s CLMA attendance was up, largely because of the partnership between CLMA and the Society of American Federal Medical Laboratory Scientists (SAFMLS), which brought new enthusiasm and energy to the exhibit halls.

ICE Winners!

Day two of KnowledgeLab brought the much anticipated winning presentations of the ICE initiative. The ICE initiative was developed by CLMA, in partnership with Orchard Software and The Dark Group, to encourage laboratories to rethink their goals and begin to focus on clinical effectiveness and quality improvements that contribute to positive patient outcomes.

The top four submissions that demonstrated a laboratory testing-related intervention that directly improved patient outcomes in a measurable way were selected by a “blind” judge panel according to specific rigorous criteria. Below are short summaries of the results.

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Jess Conta, MS, LCGC, presented From Order to Result: Helping the Patient Get the Right Test. Conta’s presentation pointed out the value of incorporating genetic counselors into the lab test review process. Seattle Children’s Hospital developed specific genetic test case review criteria. Sendouts that meet the criteria need approval for order. While monitoring these tests, genetic counselors found that 10% of order modifications and 27% of order cancellations occurred because of order entry errors. Implementing this program saved $2,878,769 due to order modification, increased provider satisfaction, and most importantly gave Seattle Children’s Hospital the opportunity to correct 74 (6%) of test requests that directly impacted patient safety.

UnityPoint Health

042115CCarol Collingsworth, MBA, MT(ASCP) SC, presented The Future of Transfusion Medicine at UnityPoint Health. UnityPoint, implemented patient blood management initiatives to improve the quality and safety of patient care by adopting AABB evidence-based transfusion guidelines for hospitalized, stable patients, and by developing EHR transfusion ordering decision support or best practice alerts (BPA) to prevent unnecessary blood transfusions. UnityPoint saw a 16.5% decrease in overall inpatient transfusions and increased the overall appropriateness of transfusions directly related to Hgb results.

Mather Hospital

Denise Uettwiller-Geiger, Ph.D., DLM(ASCP), spoke about How Technology Contributed Dramatically to Decreasing HAIs and Delivering High Value Outcomes. By introducing a rapid molecular test for MRSA, the laboratory at Mather reduced the hospital-acquired infection rate and associated costs by 84%.

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Rebecca Burke, BS(QSM), presented Central Ohio Primary Care and Local Specialty Group Working Hand in Glove for Better Patient Outcomes! Burke’s laboratory is performing screening tests for a local specialty group, Central Ohio Urology Group, for surgical patients who need prostate removal. This surgery involves the risk of infection, and some patients harbor Floroquinolone-resistant bacteria. Fluoroquinolone is typically used for targeted prophylaxis to reduce infection. By implementing this screening procedure, Central Ohio Urology Group was able to significantly reduce post-op admissions due to sepsis caused by resistant bacteria.

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