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Multi-disciplinary Group Improves Processes

September 24, 2018 -
OMC CEO Eric Lewis recognized seven employees at a recent board of commissioners meeting for their work in improving anticoagulation management for perioperative patients. They are:

  • Karen Bright, registered pharmacist, director of pharmacy
  • Leanne Shannon, short stay unit nurse
  • George Suhr, clinical informatics analyst
  • Sam Reynolds, clinical informatics senior analyst
  • Paula Wahl, organizational performance improvement coordinator
  • Dr. Kara Urnes, cardiologist
  • Dr. Georgia Heisterkamp, general surgeon

This group worked collaboratively to create an improved system for instructing patients on when to stop taking anticoagulants before surgery and when to resume after surgery.

"What makes this successful work particularly remarkable is that when the group researched other health care system practices, they found OMC is leading in developing a process to instruct patients. Many organizations require the patient to determine how to obtain this needed information from their prescribing doctors. We wanted to provide a safe and smooth process for our patients,” said Scott Kennedy, MD, chief medical officer.

Anticoagulants, such as Warfarin, can increase risk of bleeding, which can lead to complications during surgery. Involving patients and instructing them on when to stop anti-coagulants for a surgery and when it’s safe to resume is an important safety measure.

Pictured from left: Scott Kennedy, MD, Karen Bright, Leanne Shannon, George Suhr, RN, Sam Reynolds, Thom Hightower, RN, board commissioner. Not pictured: Paula Wahl, Kara Urnes, MD, Georgia Heisterkamp, MD.

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