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DACCPM Team Wins Awards at ASA Annual Meeting

B3CAt this year's Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), a multidisciplinary team from Mass General won two prestigious awards for their presentation, titled "Smart Labels: Improving Medication Safety in the Perioperative Environment."

Wilton Levine, MD, William Driscoll, MA, Gayle Fishman, RN, J. Kenneth Davison, MD, and Nathaniel Sims, MD, had an exhibit that demonstrated the drug- and IV-labeling machine that is in action in some of the Jackson operating rooms (ORs).  For their exhibit, they won the Ellison C. (Jeep) Pierce, Jr., Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation award for Best Exhibit in Patient Safety.  They also won the second place, Best Overall Scientific and Educational Exhibit, at the ASA. 

The idea for the Smart Label device came out of a discussion between Drs. Levine and Davison, who saw an opportunity to make it easier and safer to label drugs and IVs with dates, drug concentration and clinician identification that would comply with Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) regulations. Bill Driscoll, from Biomedical Engineering, and Steve Spring, of DACCPM administration, joined their effort. The concept came to fruition through the support and guidance of Dr. Nat Sims of the DACCPM and his bioengineering lab. In particular, Kim Donovan, a computer programmer, Mike Dempsey, an electrical engineer and product developer, and Gayle Fishman, a critical care nurse and project manager, were all key in bringing the smart labeler to the bedside.

Currently, the prototype devices are being used in five of the Jackson operating rooms. To use the machine, the anesthesia clinician scans the bar code on his or her ID badge, scans the printer, chooses to print a dated IV label or drug label, and then scans the bar code on a drug vial.  The machine then prints a self-adhesive label. The Smart Labeler is in ORs 37, 38, 39, 40 or 42.

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