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December Newsletter

Winter Quarterly Meeting

On December 9th, over 40 participants convened to focus on Acute Kidney Injury.  During this forum the VCSQI AKI Workgroup unveiled a comprehensive set of Guidelines for prevention of AKI in cardiac patients.

Quality Committee

Members of the VCSQI Quality Committee meet to discuss protocols and procedures around hyperglycemia, pre-op anemia, and much more. 

Participants were asked about their interest in participating in the CSU-ALS training program.  UVA and Carilion are training sites. 


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Perfusion Group

Evelyn “Eve” Dallas, CCP, Champion of the Perfusion Group, introduced members to preliminary perfusion metrics as a potential tool to measure success and assess best practices.

In addition, the finishing touches were put in place for the upcoming RAP survey to better understand perfusion practices across the collaborative.   


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What is AKI? 

Dr. Greg Dehmer  (Carilion) provided an extensive review of the definition of AKI from both STS and the NCDR perspective.

AKI: A Case Study

A special thank you to Dr. Nick Teman (UVA) for delivering a comprehensive case scenario that was relevant to both Cardiology and Surgical perspectives. 


A Cardiologist’s Perspective

Kerry Prewitt, MD


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A Cardiac Surgeon’s Perspective

Kevin Lobdell, MD, LTC, MC, USAR

Atrium Health/Perfect Care

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A Perfusionist’s Perspective

Bridgett Keeley, CCP


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VCSQI AKI Recommendations: Summary and Implementation Steps

Mike Brown, CCP (Mary Washington) and Chris Sytsma, RN, MSN (Winchester) teamed up to introduce participants to the AKI Recommendations that were prepared by the VCSQI AKI Workgroup. 


“Fantastic meeting with fantastic speakers with relevant, helpful information. Great job!

Nancy Fauber


Feedback Requested

Please take a moment to review the proposed AKI Recommendations.  Feedback, critiques, and/or comments requested by January 7, 2022.

Send comments to info@VCSQI.org

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