Since 2008, the Patient Safety Innovations Program has supported several innovative projects that cover a range of topics and are led by Principal Investigators (PI) holding a variety of positions in different departments.

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Implementation of a Novel Simulation-Based Ultrasound Guided IV Insertion Curriculum to Improve the Quality and Safety of Patients with Difficult IV Access in the Emergency Department

PI: Ross A Kessler, MD & Ashley Amick, MD, MS, Department of Emergency Medicine

Meeting Patient, Family, and Learner Needs after Medical Harm through a Smartphone-Based Assessment of Resident Adverse Event Communication

PI: Andrew White, MD, Director of Hospital Medicine Program, General Internal Medicine


Improving Efficient and Effective Contraceptive Counseling in UW Primary Care and Women’s Health Clinics Using a Novel Anticipatory Counseling Video for the Hormonal IUD

PI: Emily Godfrey, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Speaking Up for Promoting the Culture of Safety: Piloting the SPEAK-PREP Tool

PI: Sara Kim Ph.D., Professor, Department of Surgery

The Geri-T Bundle: Standardizing the Approach to Geriatric Trauma Care

PI: Kathleen O’Connell, MD, Department of Surgery & Elisabeth Powelson, MD, MS, Department of Anesthiology and Pain Medicine

The Use of Standardized Transfer of Care Checklists to Improve Perioperative Communication and Care

PI: Srdjan Jelacic, MD, Department of Anesthiology and Pain Medicine


Innovative Safety Program for Tracheotomy Management

PI: Maya Sardesai, MD, M.Ed, Department of Otolaryngology

mPOWEr: Piloting a Mobile Health App for Post-Discharge Surgical Site Monitoring

PI: Heather Evans, MD, MS, Department of Surgery

OPAT Bundle: Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care for Patients on Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy

PI: Shireesha Dhanireddy, MD, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine

Standardized Verbal Hand-off in the ICU: Decreasing Patient Care Errors through Communication Optimization

PI: Patricia Kritek MD, EdM, Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine


An Innovative Approach to Comprehensive Standardization of the Pre-Surgical Patient - The UW Strong for Surgery Program

PI: Thomas Varghese Jr., MD, MS, Associate Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Development of a Training Intervention to Decrease Procedure-Related Errors

PI: Jeremy Branzetti, MD, Acting Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Entrenched Conflict at Workplaces: Promoting Patient Safety Using an Experiential Training Model

PI: Sara Kim, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Surgery

Improving Intraoperative Glycemic Control Using a Real-time Decision Support System

PI: Bala Nair, Ph.D., Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Improving ORCA Patient Problem List Rate of Use and Functionality

PI: Tom Payne, MD, Medical Director of Information Technology Services, UW Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine, Health Services and Medical Education & Biomedical Informatics