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By Frank Federico | Friday, Nov 01, 2013
Dr. Thomas Varghese is the Medical Director of Strong for Surgery, an initiative aimed at identifying and evaluating evidence-based practices to optimize the health of patients prior to surgery. In this interview, Dr. Varghese talks about engaging patients in “training” for surgery and how to fend off “checklist fatigue.”


Tag(s): Surgical Safety, Patient Safety, Checklists - Safety, Adverse Event, Teamwork, Engage Patients and Families in Care, Engage Front-Line Staff in Improvement, Operating Room, Reliable Process Design
By Frank Federico | Monday, Sep 09, 2013
In this interview with IHI Content Development Manager Jo Ann Endo, IHI faculty member Dr. Sean Townsend, Vice President of Quality and Safety at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), discusses efforts to combat sepsis, a leading cause of inpatient death in the United States.


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Sepsis, Expedition, Rapid Response Teams, All-or-None Measures, Bundles, Reliable Processes, Teamwork and Communication, Handoffs
By Frank Federico | Thursday, Aug 08, 2013
People come to to search for a lot of things, but SBAR is always at the top of the list. What’s so interesting about SBAR? (And what does SBAR stand for anyway?) Have you ever been in a situation — whether personal or professional — when you had a lot of information to tell someone, and you needed to convey it as quickly and efficiently as possible? Let’s take a personal example You’re under pressure to respond to an invitation for your organization to participate in a high-profil ... read full post


Tag(s): Patient Safety & Quality, SBAR - Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation, Improvement Tool
By Frank Federico | Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013
The following is a guest post by Sue Gullo, Director Would you want your mother, sister, or daughter to deliver a baby in an unsafe place? I have a feeling the resounding answer to that question is “NO.” For the past seven years, I’ve been working with perinatal teams across the world to ensure that the care we provide for moms and babies is evidence-based and the best for perinatal health, each and every time. What I’ve seen and learned from these teams dedicated to improvement are some stra ... read full post


Tag(s): Perinatal Community, perinatal, Patient Safety & Quality, Team Development
By Frank Federico | Monday, Jul 22, 2013
A key challenge to tackling hand hygiene can be perception. Often there’s a significant gap for staff, physicians, nurses, and other caregivers between perception and reality. When organizations learn their rates of hand hygiene practice, they're often surprised by their baseline data.


Tag(s): Hand Hygiene, Expedition, Patient Safety, Organizational change
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