Patient Safety

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In the Spotlight

Redefining Rapid Response
In this recent IHI blog post, Kansas University Medical Center Vice President Terry Rusconi reflects on how her organization’s use — and multiple adaptations of — Rapid Response Teams over more than a decade has had a dramatic impact for both patients and staff.

Preventing Diagnostic Error
Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime. Despite this, diagnostic errors have been largely ignored by quality improvement and patient safety efforts. A survey from the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis aims to identify effective tools or interventions to improve diagnostic performance or reduce harm associated with diagnostic error.

Promoting Transparency and Learning about Safety Improvement
Learning boards are an effective way of sharing the progress of improvement initiatives and engaging frontline staff in the work. This blog post, and related IHI White Paper, discuss examples of how learning boards can be used to good effect.

Trigger Tool Uncovers Thousands of Additional Harm Occurrences
This Fierce Healthcare article describes results from a study at Adventist Health System, recently published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, to identify patient harm using an automated trigger tool that incorporates harm definitions from the IHI Global Trigger Tool.


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