An Abbott Northwestern
Hospital care team member 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.
Kara Boyko Frandson, Pharm.D., accepted the quarterly Minnesota Hospital
Association (MHA) Good Catch for Patient Safety Award at a presentation on Nov.
While staffing the emergency department (ED), Boyko Frandson overheard an
emergency medical technician tell a patient that the ED provider had said they
could take their own home medication. She immediately intervened and explained
to the patient and provider that taking their own medication in this situation
could lead to unknown drug interactions or duplicate therapy because prescribed
medications were already administered in the ED. Due to these risks, taking
home medications without documentation or pharmacist review is against system
Because Boyko Frandson spoke up, she prevented a potential narcotic overdose
and other potential interactions with medications the patient had received in
“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like Kara
that Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient safety,” said
MHA Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Tania Daniels. “Kara’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. All Good Catch for Patient Safety Award winners
are entered into the running to receive the quarterly Good Catch for Patient
Safety Award. Quarterly winners are eligible to be honored with the annual Good
Catch for Patient Safety Award presented at the MHA Annual Awards banquet.
Visit the MHA website to
complete nominate an employee or team for the award.