Patient Safety

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In the Spotlight

Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) remain among the most common healthcare-associated infections. This recent integrative review from BMJ Quality & Safety looks at effective strategies to reduce CAUTIs, including stop orders and avoiding catheter placement. See also IHI’s How-to Guide on Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections.

SBAR Improves Communication and Safety Climate and Decreases Incident Reports
A new study published in BMJ Open, conducted in anesthetic clinics in two hospitals in Sweden, concludes that the use of the SBAR communication tool had a positive impact on safety, including an improved safety climate. Listen to a recent WIHI on SBAR.

When Checklists Work and When They Don’t
This guest post to the Incidental Economist blog by Dr. Atul Gawande responds to a recent New England Journal of Medicine study of Ontario's mandated implementation of the surgical checklist that Gawande and his team at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women's Hospital helped develop with the World Health Organization. (Also see Dr. Lucian Leape's NEJM editorial responding to the Ontario study: "The Checklist Conundrum.")

Sink or Swim: When Caregivers Are Asked to Float
In this blog post, IHI’s Anila Hussaini reflects on a time when, as a newly graduated nurse, she was called on to provide cover on a unit where the care protocols and equipment were unfamiliar to her. She discusses some of the barriers to raising concerns about the associated risk to patients in such situations and possible solutions.

Upcoming Educational Programs

Expedition: Preventing Pressure Ulcers
Begins April 22

Building a Clinician Peer Support Program: A MITSS workshop at IHI
July 15-16, 2014 | Cambridge, MA

Patient Safety Executive Development Program
September 4-10 | Cambridge, MA

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