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James L. Rudolph, MD, SM; May 2009
An elderly woman hospitalized for pneumonia becomes disoriented during hospitalization. Even though the patient was never confused at baseline, doctors attribute it to "senile dementia" and place her in restraints.
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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.