Owensboro Health Staff Members Deliver Presentation At Sixth Annual Meeting Of The American Delirium Society
Six Owensboro Health staff members delivered a presentation to the American Delirium Society, drawing attention for the health system’s innovative approach to this condition.
Owensboro Health VP and Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer Dr. Bill Bryant, along with two nurse managers, two pharmacists and a dietitian, delivered a 90-minute symposium on their innovative approach to addressing delirium at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the ADS. The meeting, held in Nashville from June 1-3, featured lecturers and experts from all around the country and eight other nations. Owensboro Health’s presentation team included the following individuals:
- Bill Bryant, MD – VP and Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer
- Debbie Enoch, RN – Manager of Clinical Education
- Salanda Bowman, RN – Manager of Transitional Care Unit
- B.C. Childress, Doctor of Pharmacy – Clinical Pharmacy Manager
- Nathan Jones, Doctor of Pharmacy – Clinical Pharmacist
- Emily Wilson, LD, RD – Dietitian
Dr. Bryant explained that Owensboro Health is getting national and international attention for using a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing, managing and preventing delirium.
“The multidisciplinary approach is key to this, and I think the conference really appreciated that,” Dr. Bryant said. “I think that's what was so interesting to the attendees about our approach.”
Dr. Childress said a multidisciplinary approach can be difficult to implement. That’s why it drew attention at this event.
“Our model appears to be extremely uncommon. From what we gathered at this conference, we're one of the first organizations in the country with a functioning multidisciplinary model to address delirium patients,” Dr. Childress said. “When we bring that cohesive approach together, it really broadens the understanding of what's going on with these patients.”
Dr. Bryant said the main goal is to deliver the best possible care to the patients.
“If we can prevent or reduce delirium, it will greatly impact the value of care that we deliver,” Dr. Bryant said. “We're doing this because we think it's the right thing to do.”