Alyna Keomyxay wins Great Catch Award

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Alyna Keomyxay, MA


Congratulations to Alyna Keomyxay, MA, NEMG Internal Medicine, Trumbull, for being this year’s fourth quarter Great Catch Award winner.

In October, a patient came into Michael Cafaro, MD's office complaining of a runny nose, cough and sinus pressure. He also mentioned feeling fatigued and dizzy earlier that morning. Keomyxay took his vitals and noticed that his heart rate was low. Following the CHAMP guideline “Practice and Accept a Questioning Attitude,” she performed an EKG for further evaluation. Her prompt actions helped to avoid delays in diagnosing a possibly life-threatening condition. The doctor evaluated the patient and directed him to the nearest emergency department for further management of a complete heart block.

A Great Catch is an action that prevents a specific incident of patient harm or prompts a system change that lowers the risk for patient harm. Great Catches can be clinical or non-clinical and may include:

  • Switched specimens or test results that were caught before handing off
  • Scheduling errors – caught before patient comes to the office
  • Protected patient information that may have been compromised
  • An incorrect order caught before being entered into the medical record, or tests, medications, dosages, procedures, sites, etc. caught before being obtained/administered to the patient
  • A patient mix-up that caused wrong tests to be ordered or wrong patient brought into exam room – corrected before being acted on

To share your own or a colleague’s safety story for the Great Catch award, email NEMG.GreatCatch@ynhh.org or submit through the RL Solutions reporting system.