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AG Caring for ME: Vermont Project to Reduce Post-Op Prescribing of Pain Medication
1. Provide an overview of the work at Southwestern Vermont Health Care to reduce opioid prescribing for post op pain.
2. Describe some of the successes and challenges to reducing opioid prescribing and changing workflows and culture.
3. Highlight data from the project and what lessons have been learned that can be spread to other sites.
The Centers for Living and Rehabilitation recently welcomed Dr. Poole, an SVMC hospitalist, as their new medical director. Dr. James Poole has worked as a hospitalist at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center since 2008. Poole is also hospitalist director and medical director of medical affairs for the hospital. Poole studied physical therapy at University of Hartford, where he received his bachelor's degree. After spending two years as an acute care physical therapist, he attended medical school at Ross University in Portsmouth, Dominica. He completed his residency at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Kelley Joined Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in 2011 as a new, graduate RN into the Intensive Care Unit. She has a BA in Economics from Boston College and an ADN from Vermont Technical College. In 2015, Kelley initiated and led a multi-disciplinary team of providers, nurses and pharmacists to collaborate and develop a new process, using the DMAIC methodology, for safe opioid prescribing to the post-operative inpatient. She has presented her team’s process improvement work locally and also at the state level. From this initiative, a hospital –based task force has developed to examine the prescribing practices amongst providers across the organization. Kelley is very proud of her team’s accomplishments and the positive changes that have been made to keep their patients and communities safer. She continues her role as a bedside RN in the ICU but is always seeking new opportunities to create positive change.
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