Intravenous news: The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announces that Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, has received the first ABMS Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award. This award recognizes extraordinary national or international contributions to the fields of quality and patient safety, with a particular focus on physician performance, professionalism and the improvement of clinical outcomes. Pronovost accepted the award at the April 25 ABMS Annual Assembly Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Pronovost is credited with developing an acclaimed five-step checklist protocol for doctors and nurses designed to prevent deadly bloodstream infections associated with central line catheters, which has saved more than 1,500 lives. His checklist is now being implemented in hospitals across the U.S. and in several other countries around the world, and has helped reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections by 60 percent.