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Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12481601/john-m-eisenberg-patient-safety-awards-system-innovation-concord-hospital
#1
Paul N Uhlig, Jeffrey Brown, Anne K Nason, Addie Camelio, Elise Kendall
BACKGROUND: The Cardiac Surgery Program at Concord Hospital (Concord, NH) restructured clinical teamwork for improved safety and effectiveness on the basis of theory and practice from human factors science, aviation safety, and high-reliability organization theory. A team-based, collaborative rounds process--the Concord Collaborative Care Model--that involved use of a structured communications protocol was conducted daily at each patient's bedside. METHODS: The entire care team agreed to meet at the same time each day (8:45 AM to 9:30 AM) to share information and develop a plan of care for each patient, with patient and family members as active participants...
December 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12481600/john-m-eisenberg-patient-safety-awards-system-innovation-veterans-health-administration-national-center-for-patient-safety
#2
Jeffrey R Heget, James P Bagian, Caryl Z Lee, John W Gosbee
BACKGROUND: In 1998 the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) created the National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) to lead the effort to reduce adverse events and close calls systemwide. NCPS's aim is to foster a culture of safety in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by developing and providing patient safety programs and delivering standardized tools, methods, and initiatives to the 163 VA facilities. A NOVEL APPROACH: To create a system-oriented approach to patient safety, NCPS looked for models in fields such as aviation, nuclear power, human factors, and safety engineering...
December 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12481599/john-m-eisenberg-patient-safety-awards-research-david-w-bates-md-msc-brigham-and-women-s-hospital-interview-by-steven-berman
#3
David W Bates
Dr Bates discusses the challenges and rewards of computerized physician order entry and other information technology applications and describes current work in improving medication safety across clinical settings.
December 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12481598/john-m-eisenberg-patient-safety-awards-advocacy-the-lexington-veterans-affairs-medical-center
#4
Steve S Kraman, Linda Cranfill, Ginny Hamm, Toni Woodard
BACKGROUND: After the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Lexington, Kentucky, lost two major malpractice cases in the mid-1980s, leaders started taking a more proactive approach to identifying and investigating incidents that could result in litigation. An informal risk management team met regularly to discuss litigation-prone incidents. During one in-depth review, the team learned that a medication error had caused the patient's death. Although the family would probably never have found out, the team decided to honestly inform the family of exactly what had happened and assist in filing for any financial settlement that might be appropriate...
December 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12481597/john-m-eisenberg-patient-safety-awards-individual-lifetime-achievement-julianne-m-morath-rn-ms
#5
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This article provides a brief biography of Julianne M. Morath, describes the scope and impact of her patient safety initiatives at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis and St Paul, and includes an interview in which Morath responds to questions about challenges to patient safety and medical accident reduction. BIOGRAPHY IN BRIEF: With a 25-year career spanning the spectrum of health care, Morath has served in leadership positions in health care organizations in Minnesota, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Georgia...
December 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12425257/benefits-of-a-mobile-point-of-care-anticoagulation-therapy-management-program
#6
James M Gill, Mark K Landis
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend anticoagulation therapy for a number of medical conditions, but this therapy also has the potential for serious complications, particularly bleeding complications. Maintenance of anticoagulation within a narrow therapeutic window usually entails frequent monitoring with a blood test called the international normalized ratio (INR). Anticoagulation therapy management (ATM) clinics lead to improvements in quality of care, in terms of improved INR control and reduced complications...
November 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12425256/the-combined-effect-of-public-profiling-and-quality-improvement-efforts-on-heart-failure-management
#7
MULTICENTER STUDY
Chih-Wen Pai, Geriann K Finnegan, Martha J Satwicz
BACKGROUND: A before-and-after study was conducted to examine the combined effect of public profiling and quality improvement activities on management of heart failure (HF) in the hospital setting. METHODS: Thirty-one hospitals in southeastern Michigan participated in this profiling and quality improvement study. One hospital closed after the baseline measurement. Two quality indicators were developed to evaluate the key processes of HF care, and one profiling indicator was designed for public profiling...
November 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12425255/the-patient-visits-program-a-strategy-to-highlight-patient-satisfaction-and-refocus-organizational-culture
#8
Mandeep Sidhu, Kent Berg, Carola Endicott, William Santulli, Deeb Salem
BACKGROUND: Seeking patient input may improve patients' perceptions of the quality of care and provide managers with helpful information for strategic decision making. In addition, the involvement of senior hospital leadership is critical to successful implementation of quality improvement initiatives and illustrates an organization's commitment to enhancing quality from the top down. IMPLEMENTING THE PVP: Senior management's Patient Visits Program (PVP) at Tufts-New England Medical Center is a structured, ongoing initiative in which senior clinicians are paired with nonclinician administrators...
November 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12425254/reducing-failed-extubations-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#9
Peter J Pronovost, Mollie Jenckes, May To, Todd Dorman, Pamela A Lipsett, Sean Berenholtz, Eric B Bass
BACKGROUND: Failed extubation is associated with substantially increased morbidity, mortality, and costs for patients receiving mechanical ventilation. A study was designed in 1998 to identify risk factors for failed extubation and use a quality improvement model to reduce failed extubation rates in a surgical intensive care unit (SICU) in an academic hospital. METHODS: Study design involved a prospective cohort SICU with a concurrent control SICU. The primary outcome was rate of failed extubations per 1,000 ventilator days...
November 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12425253/developing-a-comprehensive-electronic-adverse-event-reporting-system-in-an-academic-health-center
#10
Coleen Kivlahan, William Sangster, Kathryn Nelson, Jennifer Buddenbaum, Kenneth Lobenstein
BACKGROUND: In September 2000 University of Missouri Health Care (MUHC) conducted an assessment of patient safety activities. At least six separate data systems for reporting adverse events, with multiple conflicting paper reports, were found during this analysis. The disparate nature of these systems and their inability to be linked ensured that few systemic prevention activities were undertaken. In January 2001 an interdisciplinary team was convened with the goal of creating a comprehensive approach to patient safety reporting and resolution...
November 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12369160/a-hub-and-spoke-model-of-care-providing-specialty-care-in-patients-own-communities
#11
Karen E McKinley, Lissa Bryan-Smith, Tracy L Dosch, Bruce H Hamory, Brian H Fillipo
The authors describe how they used lessons learned in increasing office efficiency to improve primary care providers' ability to arrange for many specialty consultations and care within a reasonable driving distance for patients.
October 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12369159/a-nurse-practitioner-intervention-model-to-maximize-efficient-use-of-telemetry-resources
#12
Peter A Gross, Denise Patriaco, Kellie McGuire, Joan Skurnick, Louis Evan Teichholz
BACKGROUND: Telemetry monitoring is widely used in hospitals; the importance of being able to monitor and examine dysrhythmias has been universally accepted. Yet it is often used for patients who do not actually require this technology. A model to improve the efficiency of telemetry use entailed the use of an advanced practice nurse (APN; identical to a nurse practitioner) to provide concurrent review and intervention of floating telemetry, which is available for patients independently of the floor location and who do not need an intensive care unit bed...
October 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12369158/comparing-clinical-automated-medical-record-and-hybrid-data-sources-for-diabetes-quality-measures
#13
MULTICENTER STUDY
Eve A Kerr, Dylan M Smith, Mary M Hogan, Sarah L Krein, Leonard Pogach, Timothy P Hofer, Rodney A Hayward
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the relative reliability of medical record and clinical automated data, sources commonly used to assess diabetes quality of care. The agreement between diabetes quality measures constructed from clinical automated versus medical record data sources was compared, and the performance of hybrid measures derived from a combination of the two data sources was examined. METHODS: Medical records were abstracted for 1,032 patients with diabetes who received care from 21 facilities in 4 Veterans Integrated Service Networks...
October 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12369157/the-problem-of-bias-when-nursing-facility-staff-administer-customer-satisfaction-surveys
#14
MULTICENTER STUDY
R Tamara Hodlewsky, Frederic H Decker
BACKGROUND: Customer satisfaction instruments are being used with increasing frequency to assess and monitor residents' assessments of quality of care in nursing facilities. There is no standard protocol, however, for how or by whom the instruments should be administered when anonymous, written responses are not feasible. Researchers often use outside interviewers to assess satisfaction, but cost considerations may limit the extent to which facilities are able to hire outside interviewers on a regular basis...
October 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12369156/the-veterans-affairs-root-cause-analysis-system-in-action
#15
James P Bagian, John Gosbee, Caryl Z Lee, Linda Williams, Scott D McKnight, Dea M Mannos
BACKGROUND: The patient safety program in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began in 1998, when the National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) was established to lead the effort on a day-to-day basis. NCPS provides the structure, training, and tools, and VA facilities provide front-line expertise, feedback about the process, and root cause analysis (RCA) of adverse events and close calls. MONITORING THE PROCESS: Facility patient safety managers determine the disposition of adverse events and close calls occurring at their facilities...
October 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12216348/assessing-consumer-perceptions-of-inpatient-psychiatric-treatment-the-perceptions-of-care-survey
#16
MULTICENTER STUDY
Susan V Eisen, Marsha Wilcox, Thomas Idiculla, Alexander Speredelozzi, Barbara Dickey
BACKGROUND: Consumer perceptions of behavioral health care are widely recognized as important quality indicators. This article reports the development and use of the Perceptions of Care (PoC) survey, a standardized public domain measure of consumer perceptions of the quality of inpatient mental health or substance abuse care. The goals were to develop a low-cost, low-burden survey that would address important quality domains, allow for interprogram comparisons and national benchmarks, be useful for quality improvement purposes, and meet accreditation and payer requirements...
September 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12216347/a-rapid-interview-protocol-supporting-patient-centered-quality-improvement-hearing-the-parent-s-voice-in-a-pediatric-cancer-unit
#17
Elisa J Sobo, Glenn Billman, Lillian Lim, J Wilken Murdock, Elvia Romero, Donna Donoghue, William Roberts, Paul S Kurtin
BACKGROUND: The Institute of Medicine's 2001 report on quality delimits six dimensions of optimal care: safety, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, patient centeredness, and equity. In fall 2001 parents of pediatric cancer patients were interviewed to determine how well they thought these dimensions were addressed with respect to medication administration. Immediate goals were to identify system weaknesses and devise strategies to prevent future errors. A higher-order goal was to develop and demonstrate a model protocol for rapid-cycle interview assessments...
September 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12216346/senior-leaders-role-in-improving-the-performance-of-the-front-line-delivery-units
#18
COMMENT
Joan Marren, Ann Marie R Hess
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12216345/microsystem-management-as-a-promising-new-methodology-for-improving-the-cost-and-quality-of-health-care
#19
COMMENT
James Brian Quinn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/12216344/microsystems-as-practical-neopragmatism-and-strong-poetry-comments-from-the-microsystem-series-editor-and-microsystem-student
#20
COMMENT
James Espinosa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2002: Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
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