Duke Anesthesiology Resident Wins Top Award at National Meeting

Dr. Andrews presenting his winning project at the SPA/AAP annual meeting.

Dr. Andrews presenting his winning project at the SPA/AAP annual meeting.

The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the American Academy of Pediatrics presented Duke Anesthesiology CA-3 resident, Dr. Jon Andrews, with the John J. Downes Resident Research Award at this year’s annual meeting for his project, titled “Perioperative Chest X-Rays After Placement of Central Venous Catheters in Children, a Quality Improvement Project.”

Dr. Andrews accepting the John J. Downes Resident Research Award.

Dr. Andrews accepting the John J. Downes Resident Research Award.
Photo Credit: Society for Pediatric Anesthesia

“Dr. Downes is a prominent anesthesiologist in the field of pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology research, so it’s an honor to be one of the residents recognized with this award,” says Andrews. “It’s rare for a quality improvement (QI) project to win one of these awards; a QI project hasn’t received this type of award since at least 2013.”

Andrews’ project aimed to obtain surgical chest radiographs (CXR) sign-out for 100 percent of stable patients within 30 minutes of arrival at the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Results revealed that implementation of the new CXR protocol produced a significant process shift, improving perioperative efficiency in terms of surgical CXR sign-out time. “I think the American Academy of Pediatrics recognized the multidisciplinary nature of this project and found it noteworthy that a team of anesthesiologists, surgeons, OR nurses, PACU nurses, and radiology technicians came together and collaborated with a unified goal to improve patient care,” adds Andrews. “Patients and their families are no longer getting interrupted in the PACU for radiology exams after their central venous catheters are placed, and the overall process has become more efficient as a result.”

Duke Pediatric Anesthesia Division

Duke Pediatric Anesthesia Division

“Jon’s award is a great honor for him and for our division. It adds to the tremendous success that we’ve had at our national meeting,” says Dr. Brad Taicher, faculty within Duke’s Pediatric Anesthesia Division. According to Taicher, the division has won six major awards within the last seven years. Only three other children’s hospitals in the country have won more awards in that timeframe.

Drs. Fatu Bangura (resident), Alison Brown (resident), Annika Barnett (fellow), and Jonathan Mathew (fellow).

Drs. Fatu Bangura (resident), Alison Brown (resident), Annika Barnett (fellow), and Jonathan Mathew (fellow).

Duke Anesthesiology was well-represented at this year’s meeting, held March 15 – 17 in Houston, Texas; Drs. Fatu Bangura (resident), Alison Brown (resident), Annika Barnett (fellow), and Jonathan Mathew (fellow) also gave presentations at the conference. “We are once again proud of our divisional presence at our national meeting,” says Dr. Allison Ross, chief of Duke’s Pediatric Anesthesia Division, “not only with the awards and presentations by trainees, but the numerous leadership positions held by our pediatric anesthesia faculty.”

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