Antibiotic stewardship, Always Events Toolkit, leadership line of sight
This Week at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
June 27,  2016
The Rational Response to
Superbugs: Antibiotic Stewardship

Last month, scientists announced the discovery of the first patient in the US with an infection that is resistant to our last line of antibiotic defense. Alarmist news headlines followed. In a new essay, IHI Vice President Frank Federico advises a more rational response to growing concerns about antibiotic resistance. “Experts have been working on solutions to antibiotic mismanagement and the threat of so-called ‘superbugs’ for years,” he notes. “We already know what to do. Now is the time to act.” Federico cites a number of resources to help health care providers with their antibiotic stewardship efforts.

Always Events Toolkit

Always Events® are aspects of the care experience that are so important to patients and their care partners that health care providers must aim to perform them consistently for every individual, every time. For example, “Patients always know what to do when they get home or, if not, they know who to contact.” The Always Events Toolkit provides specific guidance for health care leaders and point-of-care teams in partnering with patients and their care partners to co-design, reliably implement, and sustain and spread Always Events to dramatically improve the care experience.

“Line of Sight”: New Blog
by IHI CEO Derek Feeley

We’re excited to formally introduce “Line of Sight,” a new regular blog by Derek Feeley, IHI’s President and CEO. In this new post, Derek discusses why it’s crucial for leaders to ensure that every staff member has a clear line of sight from the work they do to the organization’s mission and strategy. He describes the impact such clarity has on staff engagement, joy in work, effective decision making, and efficiency. Also be sure to check out Derek’s recent post on civility, and watch for future posts on topics such as health equity and what’s next for patient safety.

IHI Focus Area Spotlight

Improvement Capability: Sustaining Improvement

Person- and Family-Centered Care: Coproduction of Health Care Service

Patient Safety: How to Avoid Patient Safety Burnout

Quality, Cost, and Value: 3 Steps to Bring Clinical and Financial Teams Together

Triple Aim for Populations: Do Small Physician Practices Have a Future?

Look for

At ‘Pain School,’ Veterans Learn to Manage with Fewer Pills”: A recent WBUR CommonHealth podcast on pain management programs for veterans includes remarks from IHI's Mara Laderman (co-author of the recent IHI report on addressing the opioid crisis).


A new JAMA Viewpoint co-authored by IHI President Emeritus Don Berwick, “A National Trauma Care System to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths after Injury,” presents recommendations in a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (watch related video clip).


In the term “SBAR,” what does the letter “R” stand for? Take the quiz.

Where's IHI?

Dr. Don Goldmann, IHI Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, is participating in AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting and board meeting this week in Boston.

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