Expeditions for Hospitals


What is an Expedition?

ex•pe•di•tion (noun)

1. an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose
2. the group of persons engaged in such an activity
3. promptness or speed in accomplishing something
 
An Expedition is a topic-specific, action-focused program, lasting two to four months, designed to help front-line teams make rapid improvements in a key components of the Improvement Map. Think of it as an intensive virtual support system, designed to enable widespread uptake of an important hospital improvement.
 
Each Expedition is for hospitals that would like some help along the way from expert faculty serving as your guides and through the support of other organizations who are taking on the same challenge at the same time.
 

The Program

This program will include:
  • Send-Off Call to orient all teams, review the route, and provide guidance for specific steps
  • Check-In Calls every two weeks for faculty to provide advice and mid-course adjustments
  • Ongoing opportunities to share with and learn from other participating organizations
  • Opportunities for periodic check-ins with faculty
  • Concluding Call to reflect on the achievement and plot the next climb
 

Success Factors

Teams will need the following to be successful in this Expedition:
  • Strong team-based improvement capacity
  • Designated team, ideally to include a nurse working on the testing unit or able to lead the work, an internal quality/performance improvement expert, and a physician champion
  • Sponsorship and support from hospital leadership
  • Clear commitment to the goal and the process
 

Details

IHI launches one Expedition per month (on average.) Passport members may join as many Expeditions as they would like for FREE so front-line teams can make rapid improvements in some of the areas of greatest concern to hospitals today.  Hospitals can "direct enroll" in any one Expedition program for $750.
 

​Past Expeditions

Expedition: Appropriate Use of Blood Products
 
Expedition: Identifying and Removing Waste
 
Expedition: Improving Flow in Key Hospital Units: Surgery, ICU, ED
 
Expedition: Improving Perinatal Safety -- The Oxytocin Bundle
 
Expedition: Improving Teamwork with Multidisciplinary Rounds
 
Expedition: Improving Your HCAHPS Score Through Patient-Centered Care
 
Expedition: Managing Advanced Disease and Palliative Care
 
Expedition: Pocketing the Dark Green Dollars: Successfully Making Improvements That Fall to the Bottom Line
 
Expedition: Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
 
Expedition: Preventing Complications in the Intensive Care Unit
 
Expedition: Preventing Heart Failure Readmissions
 
Expedition: Preventing Hospital Complications in Older Adults
 
Expedition: Preventing Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
 
Expedition: Reducing Clostridium difficile (C. diff) Infections
 
Expedition: Reducing Falls Incidence and Injury
 
Expedition: Safe Care for Stroke Patients -- Preventing Aspiration and Other Risks
 
Expedition: Successful Execution -- Securing the Link from Aims to Results
 
 
Antibiotic Stewardship: Decreasing Both Waste & Cost
 
 
Improving Patient Experience: Lessons from the Field
 
Preventing Adverse Drug Events and Harm