MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Merri Moody, DNP, CRNA, APRN—as part of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesia Foundation Closed Claim Research Team—was presented with the 2017 John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist (AANA) Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress Sept. 8-12 in Seattle. Moody is the director of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia and B.S. in Nursing programs.

Moody was a member of the original team of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who convened in 1995 to analyze insurance claims where CRNAs were involved in or contributed to an adverse anesthetic event. In 2013, four of the original team members revitalized the initiative with eight new research team members. The new team has enhanced the closed claims research by conducting rigorous qualitative analysis to enrich the research findings. Since its inception, the Closed Claim Research Team has produced over 100 presentations, 25 posters, and 10 published articles addressing anesthesia adverse outcomes.

As part of the initial research group, Moody helped develop the case evaluation instrument, establish inter-rater reliability, and review the first available closed claims.

“This group formed to improve patient care and safety,” Moody said. “I am honored to have received this award and even more honored to have been a part of this important work.”

The John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the practice of anesthesia through research. John F. Garde, CRNA, MS, FAAN, was a leader and visionary in nurse anesthesia in particular and healthcare in general. Among his many accomplishments and achievements, he was a staunch supporter of research and the AANA Foundation.

Photo caption: Moody, second from right, was part of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesia Foundation Closed Claim Research Team, which received the 2017 John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award. 

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