Safety

Innovations

Committee Reviews and Advises on Cases of Alleged Unprofessional Behavior as Alternative to Formal Investigation, Leading to Improvements in Physician Behavior 12/19/14

Each of the three hospitals within the University of Pennsylvania Health System has a Professionalism Committee that can handle cases of alleged disruptive, unprofessional behavior by a physician...

Culturally Tailored Group Meetings and Other Support Help Abused African-American Women Build Coping Skills and Reduce Depressive Symptoms, Suicidal Thoughts, and Suicide Attempts 11/05/14

Grady Health System's Grady Nia Project is a culturally tailored program that helps African-American women build coping skills to reduce the psychological symptoms and suicidal behaviors stemming...

Cross-Division Surgical Group Conducts Quarterly Review as Supplement to Traditional Department-Specific Morbidity and Mortality Reviews, Leading to Lower Mortality Rates 09/18/14

As an adjunct to traditional division-specific morbidity and mortality reviews, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital created a “surgical quality group” made up of representatives from...

Web-Based System for Scheduling and Informed Consent Eliminates Surgical Delays and Problems Related to Consent Forms, Handwriting, and Equipment 09/17/14

In collaboration with a hospital Web development team, surgeons at Cambridge Health Alliance conceived and implemented an integrated electronic system to schedule elective surgical procedures and...

Multifaceted Initiative To Reduce "Alarm Fatigue" on Cardiac Unit Reduces Alarms and Increases Nurse and Patient Satisfaction 04/07/14

Boston Medical Center implemented a series of interventions on its cardiac unit to reduce clinically insignificant alarms and make it easier for nurses to respond to genuinely problematic ones....

QualityTools

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use 08/31/16

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the...

Safe Surgery 2015 Toolkit 09/18/14

This toolkit is part of the World Health Organization Safe Surgery 2015 Initiative, which is using the Surgical Safety Checklist Program to help hospitals reduce surgical infections, major complications, and related deaths. The goal is to...

Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae 07/14/14

This toolkit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help health care facilities protect patients from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and to prevent transmission of CRE. Expanding on 2009 CDC...

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue 06/05/14

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue is a clinical toolkit that provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices, and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and...

Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Control and Prevention Toolkit 06/04/14

Leaders in infectious disease and infection control, as well as those concerned with patient safety and performance improvement, can use the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) control and prevention toolkit to develop interventions to...

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