BMCED Wins Quality Improvement Award for Advancing Sickle Cell Care

We are pleased to announce that Boston Medical Center’s Emergency Department has won the annual BMC Quality Improvement Award for cutting-edge efforts to advance the care of patients with sickle cell anemia!

The project, entitled “Improving the Care of Vaso-Occlusive Episodes in the Adult Emergency Department,” sought to decrease the time patients with vaso-occlusive crises receive pain medications in the ED in order to better conform to national guideline goals. The project has successfully decreased the time to receipt of the first pain medication to less than one hour from arrival. Times between subsequent doses are also decreasing to meet guidelines.

The award recipients include Cris Amanti, Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Evan Berg, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Susan Grier, Nurse Practitioner, Patricia Kavanagh, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Kelly Killius, Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Mirinda Tyo, Nurse Educator, and Andy Ulrich, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and former faculty at BMC.

We are proud that BMC is a leader in this field. Congratulations!