Patient Safety

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In the Spotlight

Tackling C. diff: A Surgeon’s Perspective
IHI faculty and colorectal surgeon Aiden Fowler wrote this BMJ Blog post in 2015, but his story remains timely inspiration to tackle C. difficile infection, which continues to plague patients in both the ambulatory and hospital settings. To take action on best practices to reduce infection, join us for the IHI Virtual Expedition: Preventing Clostridium difficile Infection that begins May 11.

Safety Lessons from… Snakes?
Join IHI Faculty Kathy Duncan on a trip to the Central Florida Zoo, which has one of North America’s largest collections of venomous snakes. In this short video, Duncan goes behind the scenes to learn about the staff’s safety procedures for handling snakes, and connects these lessons to improving health care safety and reliability.

Fulfilling the Promise of Electronic Health Records
“Despite the expectation that EHRs would improve the quality and safety of health care, the unintended consequences of this technology have had a significant impact on communication, data sharing, and care,” writes Mark Jarrett, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for Northwell Health, and a member of the IHI Leadership Alliance EHR workgroup. But, he also points out, there are reasons to be optimistic about what health IT can mean for improved patient safety.

When Can I Stop Measuring What I’ve Already Improved?
In this “Dear IHI” blog post, IHI faculty Kathy Duncan gives advice about a measurement strategy for an organization that has held the gains in pressure ulcer reduction for many months. The lessons apply to other improvement initiatives as well. 

Upcoming Educational Programs

Preventing Clostridium difficile Infection
Begins May 11, 2016 | IHI Virtual Expedition

Rethinking Critical Care: Reducing Patient Harm from Sedation, Immobility, and Delirium
May 26-27, 2016 | Nashville, TN

Patient Safety Executive Development Program
September 8-14, 2016 | Cambridge, MA

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