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Membership Update: First annual CDI Week successes

CDI Strategies, September 29, 2011

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Thanks to all the CDI and related healthcare professionals who helped make the first annual CDI Week a tremendous success. Anecdotally CDI staff have indicated how this special week of professional recognition has helped them inform staff and administration about the value of documentation improvement efforts. A woman from California indicated that even though her facility has no formal CDI program, the educational materials she shared with hospitalists at her facility last week encouraged many of them to want to learn more.

Many of you shared photographs of your team and your special CDI Week activities. The photographs are available on the ACDIS Blog but we encourage you to send additional photographs either of your team or of your week’s events to ACDIS Associate Director Melissa Varnavas at She will create an additional slide show presentation for the ACDIS Blog and put together a special section under the CDI Journal. That is also where ACDIS members will be able to find the best of the collection of “success stories” members shared in honor of the week. Congratulations to the two “success story” contest winners Lisa McLuckie, RN, and Andrea Groenhagen BSN, RN, CCDS.
Although the week is over, the week’s education materials including  the PowerPoint training tools, video, media kit, the industry survey, and the CDI Week Q&As remain available and open to the public on the ACDIS website. Thank you to the sponsors and the volunteers who contributed.
Congratulations to the many winners of the ACDIS CDI Week trivia contest which was conducted on the CDI Talk board. A question was asked each day and winners received a range of prizes. Additionally, ACDIS sponsored a “Cartoon Caption Contest” on the ACDIS Blog which resulted in some very amusing discussions. Congratulations to the winners who were:
  • Albert Hill for “I guess changing our documentation ratings to Bogey, Par, and Birdie is working!”
  • Lisa Romanello for “I bet he answered all of his queries, ‘unable to determine’ so he could make his tee time!”
  • Melody Luttmann for “This is how physicians interpret a query request before CDI Week!”
ACDIS members have shared stories about pot luck lunches, pizza parties, special CDI after-hours events, T-shirt giveaways, and more. For example, one CDI team created a Wheel-of-Fortune-type trivia game and brought their “wheel” to each of the facility floors to play the game with clinical staff. At another facility, CDI specialists were invited to create their own posters (arts and crafts materials provided) touting what they consider the value of documentation improvement to be; posters were then hung for all to see. Additional contributions and suggestions for next year’s CDI Week celebrations are welcome. We will gather donated materials and make them available on the ACDIS site.
A special thank you goes out to the CDI Week Committee for helping to make this first annual event possible. The committee included the following members:
  • Adelaide LaRosa
  • Colleen Stukenberg
  • Donald Butler
  • Eileen Hickey
  • Glenda Hebert
  • Glenn Krauss
  • Jolene File
  • Thenia Nesbeth-Blades
  • Wendy DeVreugd

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