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WIHI: No Let Up on Safety
September 19, 2019 | It's been 20 years since the Institue of Medicine's groundbreaking report on patient safety first shook the American health care system. So, what has improved, and what still needs work?
WIHI: Taking Acute Pain Seriously, Treating It Safely
May 30, 2019 | Health care needs to create safer processes for acute pain management. But what roles should patients play in this? A new IHI report provides reccomendations to sharpen acute pain management strategies in your health system.
WIHI: What's an Apology Worth? The Case for Communication and Resolution
April 18, 2019 | When a patient is unintentionally harmed, how should organizations respond?
WIHI: How to Make Patient Safety Easier to Explain and to Champion
March 21, 2019 | Why is it so hard to explain patient safety outside of health care?
WIHI: The How and Why of Deprescribing
September 13, 2018 | The ground is shifting for prescription medication. There’s much talk and publicity about deprescribing, the process that entails taking patients off some of their medications or tapering down the dosages.
WIHI: Sustaining and Strengthening Safety Huddles
April 5, 2018 | The safety huddle has become an important way for hospitals to surface safety concerns affecting patients and the workforce. But what does it mean for patient safety when it becomes just another meeting?
WIHI: Mobility Matters for Age-Friendly Care
March 22, 2018 | A new initiative wants to emphasize the physical and mental health benefits of mobility and encourage greater mobility for older patients as part of a broadening vision of age-friendly care.
WIHI: Mindfulness and Patient Safety
March 8, 2018 | Clinicians are discovering that practicing mindfulness can be restorative in the middle of a hectic day, create mental space to be more tuned into patients, and reduce the likelihood of medical errors.
WIHI: Opioid Crisis: Changing Habits and Improving Pain Management
January 11, 2018 | As efforts continue to curb the opioid addiction epidemic in the US and reduce deaths from overdoses, the underlying problem of overprescribing remains very much in the spotlight.
WIHI: A New Emergency Checklist for Office-Based Surgery
October 26, 2017 | While serious harm remains uncommon for outpatient surgeries, adverse events do occur, particularly when anesthesia is involved. A new safety checklist can help clinical teams be better prepared for what to do if something goes wrong.
WIHI: Tuning Up Health System Boards for Patient Safety
September 15, 2017 | What do we need and expect from trustees of health systems when it comes to their oversight of quality and safety?
WIHI: Workplace Violence in Health Care Can't Be the Norm
August 10, 2017 | It's estimated that nearly 50 percent of workplace assaults happen in a health care setting. What solutions are health care organizations putting in place to help deal with this unique and dangerous problem?
WIHI: Practicing Respect and Preventing Harm
February 9, 2017 | Most of us know what it feels like to have an interaction with someone that can feel rushed, incomplete, maybe even abrupt or downright rude. What are the consequences of these encounters?
WIHI: The Next Wave of Patient Safety
January 26, 2017 | We are heading into the new year more determined than ever to help hospitals and health systems make greater gains in reducing harm to patients, anchored by a renewed focus and new framing. What is your plan for patient safety in 2017?
WIHI: How to Speak Up for Safety
November 17, 2016 | We like to think that robust safety cultures are so common in health care organizations today, everyone is comfortable pointing out missteps and discrepancies to their colleagues and even getting better at bringing them to the attention of their supervisors. Not so fast.
WIHI: Building Systems of Safety
November 3, 2016 | Systems of safety, culture change, reliability, and a continuous learning system. These are not just theoretical concepts; they’re grounded in a lot of keen observations and careful work over many years and may be key to sustaining improvements in safety.
WIHI: Nurturing Trust: Addiction and Maternal and Newborn Health
June 2, 2016 | Addiction is always a complex challenge, but when a woman using substances is pregnant, suddenly two lives are at stake.
WIHI: The Opioid Crisis: How Health Care and the Community Can Act
April 21, 2016 | The US is in the midst of a serious opioid addiction epidemic, driven largely by an explosion of prescribed pain medications. This WIHI discusses IHI's work to scan for best practices that comprise a community-driven, integrated, and multi-sector approach to address the opioid crisis, as well as efforts underway in New Hampshire and California.
WIHI: A New Framework for Safety in Ambulatory Care
March 10, 2016 | What contributes to patient harm? It depends, of course, on the setting. Safety is important in every clinical setting. Find out how some experts are applying new frameworks and ways of thinking to improving safety in ambulatory settings.
WIHI: New Tools and Thinking for Shared Decision Making
January 28, 2016 | If you work in primary care today, odds are good that you’re seeing patients with multiple chronic conditions. Even if a provider and patient work together to choose the right medications and agree on making some lifestyle changes that will improve health, the best-laid plans often fall apart.
WIHI: Harnessing Improvement to Reduce Diagnostic Errors and Delays
December 1, 2015 | One in twenty adults suffers a diagnostic error every year. How do we take such a formidable analysis and “wake-up call” about patient safety and turn it into opportunity?
WIHI: Reducing Risks and Defects with Help from the Front Lines
April 23, 2015 | As health care quality improvement has matured, it’s common to hear the phrase, “Quality is everyone’s responsibility.” But what does that mean more precisely, and how does the concept apply day-to-day?
WIHI: All Hands on Deck to Reduce C. Difficile
April 9, 2015 | Where is progress being made to reduce instances of C. difficile, and where does more aggresive work need to be done?
WIHI: Topping the Charts in Pediatrics and Adverse Events Reporting
February 26, 2015 | Leaders of the teams behind the winning presentations presented at IHI’s 20th Annual Scientific Symposium in December 2014 talk about their work, including the most recent data about each improvement endeavor and how new processes and pathways can be sustained.
WIHI: 10 Things Every Hospital Needs to Know to Be Safe
December 16, 2014 | This special edition WIHI podcast featuring renowned hospitalist and health care safety expert, Dr. Robert Wachter, was recorded on December 10 at IHI's 26th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care.