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
“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
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