Spiralling health care costs is a major challenge the health care community is facing right now. Choosing wisely is an intiative by the ABIM foundation to reduce overuse of tests and procedures. The ACP high value cost effective care curriculum aims to teach cost-effective physician habits to provide the best possible care whilre reducing unnecessary costs.
Human factors engineering
Ever heard stories of patients receiving wrong medications due to identical packaging or labels? Does the way products are designed lead to human error? How can ‘usability testing’ help make products failure-proof by understanding the effect of human factors?
What are core measures? Why should I be bothered with numbers and statistics when I am only interested in learning effective patient care? Lets find out!
Crew resource management- improving team cognition
“My colleague has got this one wrong for sure” – How many times has this thought crossed your mind? Lets find out how to make your voice heard and engage your team in decision-making!
To Err is human- Are humans always to blame- A Systems approach
Mistakes happen in healthcare all the time. As physicians, we often look inward and believe we should have done better. But are we always to blame? What if the system around us had design flaws which led to failure? If so, How can we prevent this from happening to another colleague?
Lean methodology refers to principles adopted from the leading car manufacturer Toyota to improve efficiency of healthcare delivery and reduce waste.
Hand offs and safe discharges
The new ACGME duty hour regulations and the multi-disciplinary nature of modern medicine has made hand-offs more important than ever. Lets talk about ways to give better and safer handoffs.
Lets talk about the tools we have to create a better, safer patient environment. Here is a power point presentation talking about 7 tools for quality improvement. 7_tools_of_quality_improvement. RCA) is a structured method to identify the ‘root cause’ of adverse events. Health Care Failure mode and effect analysis (HFMEA) is a method used by inter-disciplinary teams to proactively evaluate a health care process. The Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle (PDSA) is a method for continuous process improvement, based on constant re-evaluation of the changes you implement.
The AHRQ website provides sample cases which teach us important lessons in creating a safer and better environment for our patients
The ACGME is now mandating resident participation in QI projects! Learn about ongoing projects in quality improvement and feel free to come up with your own ideas! Approach your chief residents in Quality and Safety! ‘Laks’ Nandagopal – firstname.lastname@example.org, ‘Chet’ Mandapakala- email@example.com