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Perioperative Orthopedic Quality & Safety Newsletter | June 2023

Perioperative Orthopedic Quality and Safety-Quarterly Newsletter
June | 2023

Happy Summer from the Columbia Orthopedics team! We are excited to continue sharing our perioperative quality updates and reading list for this quarter. Since our last issue, we have welcomed two Quality & Performance Improvement (QPI) fellows, Erin Butrico (2021–2022) and Chinenye E. Ezeh (current: 2022–2023), and a new fellow (Melanie Brown, 2023–2024) who will join the team in July of this year.

As the current fellow, Chinenye has been leading several quality and performance improvement initiatives across the hospital, including projects related to wrong site surgery, surgical site infections, blood ordering & testing, and perioperative efficiency improvement for total hip & knee arthroplasty procedures. Read below for more details on some of her projects and their impact on perioperative efficiency and patient safety!

—Columbia Orthopedics Quality Team
Dr. William N. Levine, Chairman, Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Michael G. Vitale, Vice-Chair, Strategy & Quality
Chinenye E. Ezeh, Quality & Performance Improvement Fellow