cultural change takes more than a chisel. it takes a wrecking ball. it takes a movement.

 

how it started

After a long, distinguished career in clinical care, Dr. Art Kanowitz devoted himself to creating solutions for known problems in Airway Management.

In 2011, he founded Securisyn Medical, a company that designs and develops medical devices for properly securing endotracheal tubes in an effort to stop the common complication known as unplanned extubation.

Dr. Kanowitz founded the Airway Safety Movement to continue efforts to educate and eliminate complications related to airway management; such as failed intubation, ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), tube mal-positioning, aspiration, and pressure Ischemia.

As a movement, our plan is to create a team-based, comprehensive and sustainable system for reliability in airway management in healthcare settings using the following steps:

  • Create a standardization of best practices, policies and procedures for institution-wide reliability for airway management safety.

  • Provide an easy-to-use tool to health care facilities so they can require tracking and reporting of “near misses” and complications of airway management. This tool can then identify adverse outcomes that are preventable and encourage medical staff education to prevent recurrences as part of the Continuous Quality Improvement process.

 

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Stewart Greisman, DO, FACEP

President of the Board of Directors
Emergency Physician Life Fellow of American College of Emergency Physicians

As an early graduate of the Emergency Medicine Residency at Denver Health Medical Center, Dr. Greisman had the opportunity to promote and grow the new Specialty of Emergency Medicine and the development of Emergency Medical Services. As Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Swedish Medical Center, he oversaw a robust and integrated EMT and Paramedic Education Program as well as the SouthMetro EMS System. As chairman of the EMC Committee of the Colorado Medical Society and a member of the Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners, he helped write the first Rules and Regulations for EMTs and Paramedics in the state. He worked with the legislature to create the Statewide Trauma System.

 
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Ariana Longley, MPH

Board Member

Ms. Longley current serves as the Patient Safety Movement Foundation's Executive Director. She graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor studio arts and received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2012.

 
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David Hughes

Board Member

David Hughes is the father of Drew Hughes. He and his family live in Carteret County and run the 'Do It For Drew' Foundation promoting patient safety in health care. Prior to forming the 'Do It For Drew Foundation', Hughes worked as a Systems Analyst for the local hospital where the family lives. Hughes is also a former North Carolina Highway Patrolman who served his community in a variety of public safety initiatives.

 
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Arthur Kanowitz, MD, FACEP

Board Member
Emergency Physician Life Fellow of American College of Emergency Physicians
Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Medical Officer of Securisyn Medical

Dr. Kanowitz is an Emergency Physician and served as the Colorado State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services (“EMTS”) Medical Director for Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment from April 2008 to March 2017. Art has been involved with emergency services in Colorado for over 35 years and has served on numerous regional, state and national committees and councils. He is diversely published in medical literature.

 
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Brian Walsh, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, RPFT, FAARC

Board Member
AARC Past-President
Professor of Health Sciences
Director of Respiratory Therapy Program, Liberty University

Dr. Walsh is the editor of Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 5th edition and has published over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts in his 23 years of experience. Recent discoveries have lead him to explore data analytics and innovative ways of displaying numerical clinical data surrounding respiratory therapy in an effort to obtain the best clinical outcome.

Brian is the Past- President of the American Association for Respiratory Care and a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care.

 
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Donna Wood

Vice President

Ms. Wood brings a wealth of knowledge to Airway Safety Movement by combining more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership with healthcare-related business experience in public relations, communications, government relations, sales, account management and business development.  Donna has served on several local and regional nonprofit organization boards.

 

 

financial contributors

Thank you to the following companies who have provided financial support for our unplanned extubation initiative effort in Colorado.

 

 

strategic partners