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Journal Article > Study
A model for increasing patient safety in the intensive care unit: increasing the implementation rates of proven safety measures.
Krimsky WS, Mroz IB, McIlwaine JK, et al. Qual Saf Health Care. 2009;18:74-80.
Evaluating the impact of quality and safety interventions is an evolving science. While some have argued for a new paradigm in the field, others have advocated for standards similar to clinical trials. This study developed a comprehensive approach and model to increase prophylaxis against venous thromboembolic disease, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and stress ulcers in a single intensive care unit. The model included adoption of tools that promoted team communication, prompts to providers to address the evidence-based measures on a daily basis, and a data wall to provide real-time feedback. The authors provide a detailed description of their efforts that achieved near 100% target goals and advocate for this approach in creating successful microsystems that benefit from their refined Plan-Do-Study-Act methodology.
Wetzel TG. Health Data Manage. 2011 Feb;19:86, 88, 90 passim.
This article discusses how several health care organizations used health information technology to improve organizational transparency.
Journal Article > Commentary
Saint S, Krein SL, Manojlovich M, Kowalski CP, Zawol D, Shojania KG. J Patient Saf. 2011;7:175-180.
Discussing hospital-acquired conditions and strategies for prevention, this commentary recommends assigning a hospital-based clinician to assess safety at the individual patient level.