Safety Huddles for a Culture of Safety

Safety Huddles for a Culture of Safety

 

When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System in 2000, the executives and quality and patient safety staff at Gundersen Lutheran immediately started discussions around issues emphasized in the report.

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Common Cause Analysis

Common Cause Analysis

 

To improve medication safety, many healthcare systems implement a technology (such as barcode at point of care) or a best practice (such as double-check of high-risk medications). This approach turns performance improvement into experimentation with other people’s solutions for other people’s system problems — the assumption being all providers share the same system problems.

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Post-Discharge Call Programs – Improving Satisfaction and Safety

Post-Discharge Call Programs
Improving Satisfaction and Safety

 

For patients coming home from the hospital after surgery, an emergency department (ED) visit or any other inpatient stay, the change in location has both positive and negative possibilities. On one hand, because the patient is returning to familiar surroundings and routines, recovery may be easier. On the other hand, it may be harder.

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Humber Selects RTLS from Versus for Improved Patient Flow

Humber River Regional Hospital (HRRH) has selected Versus Advantages, a
Real-time Locating System (RTLS) from Versus Technology, Inc. for emergency department real-time patient flow
management across its Church and Finch Street locations in Weston and
Downsview, Ontario. Between the two locations, HRRH operates
approximately 550 in-patient beds.

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Forerun Collaborates with EMP to Deliver Breakthrough Physician Documentation in Emergency Department

Forerun, Inc., announced a collaboration agreement with Emergency
Medicine Physicians (EMP) Ltd. to develop a physician-focused
documentation system for emergency departments (EDs) nationwide that
are staffed by physicians of EMP and Emergency Physicians Medical Group
(EPMG). Forerun is a clinically-focused healthcare IT company that builds and
hosts custom designed solutions to improve the patient experience,
quality of care and economics of emergency care for hospitals. EMP is a
leading provider of emergency medical services for healthcare
organizations throughout the U.S.

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The Leapfrog Group Announces New Business Partnership with Quantros to Administer The Leapfrog Hospital Survey

The Leapfrog Group has selected Quantros, a leading healthcare software
and services provider of data management, decision support analytics,
and clinical business intelligence solutions, to service and administer
the online Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Survey annually collects
safety, quality, and efficiency data from over 1200 hospitals across
the country and then publicly reports results online
(www.leapfroggroup.org/cp).

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Dangerous Bed Rails Live On

The Canadian government agency Health Canada issued a reminder to hospitals
last fall on the risk of entrapment of patients in hospital beds. This
notice raises again what should by now be a well known hazard.

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