Think about any of our vulnerable populations – the children, the elders, and the very sick… if you had an audacious goal for their health, what would it be?
Think about a bold, aspirational goal, like “making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.”
Think about a goal that embodies the Triple Aim: significant improvement in health for a population, improved care for the individual, at a lower cost.
Think about a goal that can only be achieved by engaging the whole community (individuals, schools, churches, health care, etc.)
Join the Conversation!
Share your audacious goals for health, and encourage your colleagues and friends inside and outside health care to join in.
AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) toolkit includes training tools to make care safer by improving the foundation of how physicians, nurses, and other clinical team members work together. It combines a checklist of clinical best practices with an understanding of the science of safety, improved safety culture, and an increased focus on teamwork and communication. In a nationwide project to promote the use of CUSP, more than 1,000 ICUs reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections by 41 percent.
“Spend time with your children now, one on one. Listen to them; understand them. Look at your home, at school life, at the challenges and the problems they’re facing, through their eyes. Build the Emotional Bank Account. Give them air.”
"The goal of Clean Care is Safer Care is to ensure that infection control is acknowledged universally as a solid and essential basis towards patient safety and supports the reduction of health care-associated infections and their consequences…"
Documented standard approach that guides practitioners when providing care to specific patient populations, improving the quality of care through standardization of treatment based on evidence in the published medical literature and/or expert opinion.
"…The road to better care will be best traveled through collaborations like this within our communities. This tour seeks to shine a light on one piece of the future path.
Join us on March 6 in Boston, March 7 in New York City, and March 8 in Washington DC. Stories and updates will be posted from the road or stay to the IHI blogs. You can also stay connected through Twitter and Facebook pages to learn more about the impact mobile health clinics are having and to follow the tour…”
"…An AHRQ toolkit to help doctors, nurses and medical office staff focus on preventing problems associated with managing lab tests and results is now available. This free resource helps improve processes for tracking, reporting, and following up with patients after medical laboratory tests and avoiding diagnostic errors.
The toolkit offers step-by-step instructions on how to evaluate an office testing process, identify areas where improvement is needed and address those areas. Practical tools are included that can be used to assess office readiness, plan activities, engage patients, audit efforts and incorporate electronic health records. The toolkit also includes a template for practices to ensure that laboratory test results are communicated effectively to patients in English or Spanish.”
The PROMISES (Proactive Reduction of Outpatient Malpractice: Improving Safety, Efficiency, and Satisfaction) Project, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), recruited 25 small to medium-sized Massachusetts primary care practices to evaluate ways to strengthen key processes related to patient safety. The 16 pilot intervention practices learned how to address inefficient and ineffective processes to improve patient safety and reduce the risk of a medical malpractice lawsuit…”
"…A companion online video which features two of the guideline’s authors— Dr. Gordon Schiff, lead primary care physician for the PROMISES Project, and Dr. Lucian Leape, lead author of the original When Things Go Wrong and a PROMISES consultant – is available at the PROMISES website.
The February 2014 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety has an article about the guidelines, Doing Right by Our Patients When Things Go Wrong in the Ambulatory Setting,
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Justin’s HOPE Project is supported by honorariums from healthcare organizations for Dale Ann Micalizzi’s keynote presentations, partnerships and Grand Rounds, as well as, private donations and sponsors. We are in need of the public’s assistance this year to continue our work in saving lives from harm and educating future clinicians on quality and safety.
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