The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) was recently recognized by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) at its annual conference in San Francisco in January 2013.
ACEHP gave ASHP its “Member Section Great Idea Award” for its continuing education (CE) initiative “Designing a Comprehensive Quality Improvement Intervention to Enhance Performance through Interprofessional Teams: A 2-Year Initiative on Managing Patients at Risk for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE).”
The initiative was developed by ASHP Advantage, a division of ASHP, the national professional organization whose 40,000 members include hospital and health-system pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students.
The initiative, which took place in 2010-11, is an interprofessional project utilizing live education and distance learning activities to increase the rate of thromboprophylaxis in high-risk populations and promote the safe use of anticoagulation therapies. It is featured on the website www.StopVTE.org
Although VTE is considered to be the most preventable cause of mortality in hospitalized patients, VTE in at-risk patients continues to be a significant cause of patient morbidity and mortality. ASHP’s initiative was designed to educate physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and case managers about the evolving clinical data regarding the prophylaxis and treatment of VTE as well as strategies for improving patient care through a systems approach.
The project proved very effective in improving patient care in the targeted institutions. Overall (comparing the baseline and six-month follow-up data combined from each of the institutional impact groups—five sites in 2010 and six sites in 2011), there were significant improvements in the percentage of patients who had VTE risk assessment documented in the chart and who received an appropriate VTE prophylaxis strategy.
Individuals who were noted in the award include Michelle M. Bonnarens, Pharm.D. (ASHP); Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D. (University of Maryland School of Pharmacy); Kristi N. Hofer, Pharm.D. (ASHP); Catherine N. Klein, BS.Pharm. (ASHP); and Julie L. Webb, BS.Pharm. (ASHP). The project was a team effort that involved the majority of the ASHP Advantage staff.
ACEHP Member Section Great Idea Awards are given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of CE within a specific member section. The nomination may be a best practice, great idea, or program that promotes sharing and/or collegiality and is distinctive to the member section.
The VTE prevention initiative was supported by an educational grant from Ortho-McNeil, Division of Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., administered by Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.
ASHP is the national professional organization whose 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.safemedication.com.