I AM Patient Safety 2023 Nationwide Warriors Award

​​​​​​​2023 IAPS Nationwide Warriors Award Winner Cyndi Brinkley, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital

Cyndi Brinkley
Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester, Virginia

When the health system transitioned to a positive pressure, needless intravenous site connector, Cyndi Brinkley raised a concern about its design posing a high risk of spilling nuclear medicine when the syringe is removed. Such spills can result in unnecessary exposure and temporary shutdown of the room, delaying patient testing and care. The product representative confirmed this was expected and a change in technique may not avoid the risk. Supply chain leadership supported the safety concern and sent a neutral valve to be used with the at-risk nuclear med patients across the health system, until further evaluation can be conducted.

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