Thursday, the fourth day of Patient Safety Week, focused on the safe use of clinical alarms. UHealth staff learned about finding the proper balance between alarms that go off too regularly — and therefore get ignored, and those that don’t go off often enough, and potentially endanger patients in need of assistance.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has again been ranked among the top 50 medical schools nationally by U.S. News & World Report in the 2018 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” The Miller School is ranked No. 48. “We should all be proud that our medical school ranks in the top third of all U.S. medical schools,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., interim Dean of the Miller School.
Tuesday, the second day of Patient Safety Week, was marked by flashes of green and orange on wrists through the UHealth system. The day’s theme was “Identify Patients Correctly,” and the wrist bands given out featured white raised lettering that said “Name & DOB,” reminding all staff of the required way to accurately identify patients. Wednesday’s activities will focus on the safe use of medications.
Patient Safety Week Events Continue Tuesday 03.13.2017
Patient Safety Week had an energetic start, with activities across the entire UHealth system. One major event was the introduction of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to UHealth leaders. Created by Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers, CUSP improves patient safety culture while providing frontline caregivers with the tools and support they need to tackle the hazards that threaten their patients.
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has published the findings of its first Food and Drug Administration-approved Phase I clinical trial involving the use of human nerve cells to repair a damaged spinal cord. An article detailing the findings was published in the February issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma.
Patient Safety Week Activities Begin Monday 03.09.2017
Patient Safety Week, observed March 12-18 this year, is an annual national campaign to foster education and increase awareness related to patient safety. Daily special patient safety activities across the medical campus will be held Monday, March 13, through Friday, March 17. All facilities of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will offer educational resources and informational materials for patients and staff.
Study Reveals How Live Cell Therapy Application Triggers Genomic Changes to Drive Wound Healing 03.08.2017
A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers has uncovered the secret behind a type of skin made from live human cells that stimulates healing of venous leg and diabetic foot ulcers. The FDA-approved Apligraf, which is marketed by Organogenesis, Inc., does not take to the wound as a graft would. Instead, it disappears from the wound within a week or two, yet it still triggers healing.
After spending much of her childhood and adolescence watching her mother take care of students in the clinics of the University of Miami School Health Initiative, Jasmine Lawrence celebrated the first year of her own medical career at the Miller School of Medicine’s 17th Annual John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony Friday afternoon.
A select group of graduate students at the Miller School of Medicine had the opportunity on March 2 to highlight their efforts to tackle some of the world’s most pressing and complex public health problems. The 46 students took part in the 2017 Annual Public Health Graduate Student Showcase and Reception, held at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. It was the fifth year for the event.
Playing His Way Back to Health 03.03.2017
Several weeks ago, patients and employees at the new Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables began to notice classical music filling the front of the building. Someone was playing the piano in the building’s lobby — Chopin, specifically — and the music was rising up through the atrium to the floors above. The pianist turned out to be Leon Jalfon, a 20-year-old patient at the Lennar Center, who, upon seeing the Steinwa