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May 01, 2017

Lakeview Hospital staff member receives Minnesota Hospital Association’s Good Catch for Patient Safety award

Robert Litchy recognized for speaking up to prevent potential adverse health event   

A Lakeview Hospital MRI technologist has received the award that recognizes hospital professionals who demonstrate their commitment to keeping patients safe by speaking up to prevent a potential patient safety issue.   

Robert Litchy accepted the quarterly Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Good Catch for Patient Safety award at a presentation on April 28.   

While Litchy performed an MRI safety screening interview with a patient prior to conducting an MRI of the cervical spine, he uncovered that the patient had previously had metal removed from his eye. The patient thought he had received an MRI since the removal of the metal, but Litchy wanted to verify using the patient’s electronic health record (EHR).   

A review of the patient’s EHR revealed a previous CT scan of the head that included views of the eyes, confirming that metal remained in the eye area. After review from the on-duty radiologist, the MRI was canceled immediately and the ER physician was notified.  

Litchy’s persistent action stopped a procedure that might have risked the patient’s eyesight. Because of Litchy’s attentive work, no harm came to the patient.   

“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like Robert that Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient safety,” said MHA Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Tania Daniels. “Robert’s efforts remind us what a difference each person can make to keep patients safe.”   

The Good Catch for Patient Safety program recognizes hospital professionals for actions that protect patients. Individuals seeking to nominate an employee or team for the award can visit the MHA website to complete a nomination form.   

For more information, visit the MHA website or contact Tania Daniels, 651-603-3517, or Dr. Rahul Koranne, MHA’s chief medical officer, 651-659-1445

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