EUC is Partnering with The Sullivan Group to Reduce Medical Errors and Lower Healthcare Costs

Emergency Ultrasound Consultants, LLC (EUC), the experts in point-of-care ultrasound education and quality assurance solutions, announced today a strategic partnership with The Sullivan Group (TSG), a world leading provider of patient safety, risk management and performance improvement solutions for healthcare professionals.

Medical errors are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States according to the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report; To Err Is Human: Building A Safer Health System. It is estimated that nearly $17 Billion is wasted annually on healthcare costs for preventable medical errors. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) identifies “Diagnostic error, such as misdiagnosis leading to an incorrect choice of therapy…” as a leading cause of medical errors. Point-of-care ultrasound has proven to be a validated tool in decreasing procedure complications and reducing error in clinical decisions.

“EUC is proud to add to the history of transformational healthcare contributions from the ‘First State’. Delaware was first to have a statewide enhanced 911 system, was innovative in the delivery of emergency care, and now through EUC, Delaware will be pivotal in helping reduce medical errors through emergency ultrasound,” says Paul R. Sierzenski, MD, RDMS, EUC President, and Past-Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Ultrasound Section.

EUC and TSG will jointly launch a unique web-based educational series in 2010 called “Sound Medical Practice: Reducing Medical Errors by Using Emergency Ultrasound”. This series of dynamic courses will educate physicians, healthcare professionals and administrators on how to reduce errors, improve efficiency, and effect clinical decision-making by using ultrasound in emergency, trauma and critical care settings. “Our combined areas of expertise are a powerful, natural fit,” says Dr. Sierzenski. “EUC’s proven ultrasound educational products and quality assurance services integrate well with TSG’s performance improvement focus. TSG’s robust web-based delivery and knowledge assessment system will further enhance the impact of this offering,” Dr. Sierzenski added.

Courses will include ultrasound guidance of procedures and common clinical scenarios where the delay in diagnosis represents significant risk to patient care. Compliance with national ultrasound recommendations, such as those by the AHRQ and other quality organizations will be addressed. As healthcare resources are strained, the expanding role and value of point-of-care ultrasound in clinical care to improve patient care and reduce errors is gaining momentum.

Daniel Sullivan, MD, JD, President and CEO of TSG states, “The proper implementation of an emergency department ultrasound program is a key component of a comprehensive patient safety and medical error reduction program. Our strategic relationship with EUC is perfectly aligned with TSG’s mission to deliver system solutions that improve patient safety and reduce risk.”

About Emergency Ultrasound Consultants, LLC

Emergency Ultrasound Consultants, LLC (EUC), the experts in point-of-care ultrasound education and quality assurance solutions, is headquartered near Wilmington, Delaware. The company includes over 25 board-certified physicians who are fellowship trained and nationally certified in ultrasound. EUC faculty have been pioneers in point-of-care ultrasound education, research, guideline development and clinical ultrasound health policy. EUC has provided physician ultrasound training, educational products, quality assurance and industry consulting since 2002.

About The Sullivan Group

The Sullivan Group’s patient safety and risk management system combines web-based risk and safety education programs, intelligent medical records for physicians and nurses, and a web-based clinical audit tool to help medical professionals decrease errors and improve patient outcomes. This new paradigm in risk reduction and patient safety has helped hundreds of hospital emergency departments reduce medical errors and their malpractice claims by more than 40%. The Sullivan Group serves more than 600 hospitals, healthcare organizations and insurance companies nationwide, including HCA, Premier, Banner Health, Adventist Health, as well as Medical Mutual, Medical Protective and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Companies.