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Patient safety often goes hand-in-hand with quality improvement. As part of Patient Safety Awareness Week, IHQI is highlighting the QI projects of our current Improvement Scholars:


Implementation of Antibiotic Time-outs at Hillsborough Hospital

UNC Hospitals-Hillsborough Campus

Lead: Zach Willis, MD, MPH


Malnutrition in Hospitalized Family Medicine Patients

UNC Hospitals

Lead: Amir Barzin, DO, MS


Reducing Fall-Related Fractures in Older Adults

UNC Hospitals-Hillsborough Campus

Lead: Meredith Gilliam, MD, MPH


Using the EMR for Precision Prescribing and Reducing Unused Opioid Tablets in Postpartum Women

UNC Women’s Hospitals

Lead: Christine McKenzie, MD


Reducing Avoidable Gastrointestinal Surgery Readmissions

UNC Medical Center

Leads: Stephanie Lumpkin, MD & Nicole Chaumont, MD


Extending Early Sepsis Recognition and Intervention to the Critical Care and Pre-Hospital Environment

UNC-Rex Hospital

Leads: Dameion Rutherford, RN, CFRN, NREMT-P (not pictured) & Francis Castiller, MD (not pictured)