Vizient PSO Topical Safety Web Conference Series - Improving the Safety of Handoffs from the Emergency Department to the Inpatient Unit

December 9, 2020

Subject matter experts will share with participants their innovative strategies for improving the quality of provider-to-provider and nurse-to-nurse handoffs, using electronic strategies, face-to-face handoffs, and identification of patients at higher risk during care transitions.

Target Audience




Learning Objectives

Discuss the safety risks in transitions from the ED to the inpatient unit.
Describe the use of the DMAIC approach to implement face-to-face handoffs during transitions from the ED to reach zero harm.
Describe innovative strategies and electronic approaches for improving communication during ED to inpatient provider handoffs.  
Discuss strategies for optimizing the electronic nurse-to-nurse handoff tool.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.20 CBRN
  • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/09/2020 - 1:00pm CST
Event ends: 
12/09/2020 - 2:00pm CST
Live via webinar
United States

Relevant financial relationships: None of the planning committee or the presenters have anything to disclose.

Planning committee members
Ellen Flynn, RN, MBA, JD, CPPS, RN, MBA, JD, CPPS
AVP, Programs

Tammy Williams, MSN, RN, CPPS
Program Director

Jim Lichauer, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP
Project Manager
PI Collaboratives & Advisory – Pharmacy

Robert Dean, DO, MBA
Senior Vice President
Performance Management

Course reviewer(s)
Tammy Williams, MSN, RN, CPPS
Vizient Approved Nurse Planner
Program Director


Elizabeth Haines, DO, MAS, FACEP
Patient Safety Officer- Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, Director of Quality and Safety, SALA Institute for Child and Family Centered Care
NYU Langone Health

Kar-mun Woo, MD
Associate Chief of Service, Director, Quality
NYU Langone Health

Ian Wittman, MD
Chief of Service
Department of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor
NYU School of Medicine

Kurt Pinto, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, OCN
Nurse Manager, Medicine
NYU Langone Health

Lauren Yurasits, BSN, RN,
Assistant Nurse Manager, Emergency Department
NYU Langone Health

Jenny Kessler, MHA
Project Manager, Hospital Operations
NYU Langone Health


Joint Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, Vizient, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Designation Statements:

This program is designated for 1.00 hours.

Vizient, Inc. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP12580, for 1.20 contact hours.

Vizient, Inc. designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 ACPE credit hours. 
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-0000-20-227-L05-P

Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Vizient, Inc. will award CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this program. The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training programs that meet certain criteria (1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU).

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.20 CBRN
  • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
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