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July 26, 2021

Hutchinson Health care team member receives MHA Good Catch for Patient Safety Award

A Hutchinson Health care team member has received the award that recognizes hospital and health system professionals who demonstrate their commitment to keeping patients safe by speaking up to prevent a potential patient safety issue.

Hali Haukos, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), accepted the quarterly Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Good Catch for Patient Safety Award at a virtual presentation on July 13.

A pediatric patient came to Hutchinson Health for what was planned to be a routine tonsillectomy procedure. Immediately after anesthesia induction, Haukos recognized the early signs and symptoms of malignant hyperthermia, a very rare, life-threatening reaction to certain anesthetics.

Upon identification of these concerning symptoms, help and additional resources were quickly activated. The malignant hyperthermia hotline was called, and the condition was promptly treated. The young patient was stabilized and transported for specialty care.

Because Haukos spoke up, the entire operating room team was quickly activated to coordinate care for the patient and communicate with the family. Due to Haukos’ quick recognition of this rare emergency condition and the diligent planning, training, expertise and rapid actions of the entire surgical team, the patient’s life was saved.

“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like Hali that Minnesota hospitals and health systems continue to be front-runners in patient safety,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, president and CEO, MHA. “Hali’s efforts remind us what a difference each person can make to ensure Minnesotans are healthy and have access to the right care at the right time in the right place.”

Visit the MHA website to nominate a hospital or health system employee or team for the award. To learn more, contact Tania Daniels, vice president of quality and safety, MHA.