Originally presented December 2020 at the AMSUS Annual Meeting (virtually)
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AVAILABLE: 10/5/2021 – 10/4/2022
Fee –AMSUS Members $0, –Non-Members $20
Presenters: COL Karen E. Smith, MD
CE/CME: 1.0 hour of credit
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Continuing Education Information
This continuing education activity is provided through collaboration between AMSUS and AffinityCE. This activity provides continuing education credit for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and healthcare executives. A statement of participation is available to other attendees.
Preventable harm degrades the lethality of our force. Quality and safe care delivery is one of the most important variables we can influence in the dynamic and unpredictable Operational Environment. Aligned with Department of Defense, Military Healthcare System, and Defense Health Agency strategic objectives, Quality and Safety must move far forward to the site of first patient contact, targeting high risk areas and processes within the Operational Environment to mitigate risk to our deployed Service Members and maximize readiness of the force. However, geographic remoteness of clinical sites and resource constraints may limit the necessary frequency of access to Quality and Safety Subject Matter Experts. Our current Operational Quality and Safety construct centers on the VITAL-T Program (Virtual Inspection and LINKUP in Theater), which utilizes virtual technology to address these challenges. The VITAL-T Program leverages pre-existing Virtual Health capabilities to virtually link operational clinical sites in “real time” with remote Quality and Safety experts. We will discuss how this innovative, cost-effective program maximizes access to specialists in Infection Prevention and Control, Medication Safety and Patient Safety. We will discuss the capabilities of this program, to include virtual site assessment, teaching, coaching and mentorship, which are critical in the identification and correction of systems and process challenges. We will discuss specific examples of VITAL-T Program use in a Patient Safety Event investigation in the deployed setting. We will also demonstrate how the VITAL-T Program facilitated direct access to Infection Prevention and Control experts from all Services, as well as sharing of U.S. Central Command “Best Practices”, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have demonstrated successful use of virtual technology to address potential risks associated with healthcare delivery within the Operational Environment, maximizing access to Quality and Safety experts through Patient Care Virtual Health capabilities. The VITAL-T Program is a low-cost, efficient, and safe means to positively and proactively affect the physical strength and readiness of our warfighters, with unlimited potential for future application within the joint Operational Environment.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Identify risks and vulnerabilities to Patient and Staff Safety within the Operational Environment, and potential implications for readiness of the force.
- Discuss how the VITAL-T Program utilizes virtual technology to identify and mitigate risks to safe care delivery in the Operational Environment.
- Understand how the VITAL-T Program supports Infection Prevention and Control, Medication Safety, and Patient Safety efforts within the Operational Environment.
- Discuss the role of the VITAL-T Program to operational clinical sites during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and potential future applications.