Anesthesiologist Who Developed Checklist Protocol Receives ABMS Award

An anesthesiologist who developed an acclaimed five-step checklist protocol for physicians and nurses has received the first ABMS Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award.

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, designed a checklist to prevent deadly bloodstream infections associated with central line catheters. The list is now implemented in hospitals across the U.S. and is credited with saving more than 1,500 lives. It has helped reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections by 60 percent.

Dr. Pronovost, who accepted the award at the April 25 ABMS Annual Assembly Meeting in Washington, D.C., is a practicing anesthesiologist and critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He serves as senior vice president for patient safety and quality and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Pronovost is also a professor in the departments of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, surgery and health policy and management.

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