We know you’re busy, and we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. So, here’s a roundup of recent stories that offer valuable perspective as well as tools and resources that you can use. (Subscribe today if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Leadership and Vision for a Culture of Safety
    Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, Chief Clinical and Safety Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, discusses steps leaders can take to transform safety culture within their organizations. She starts with the need to first establish a compelling vision for safety.  NEJM Catalyst
  2. The Training Of Dr. Robot: Data Wave Hits Medical Care
    Learn more about machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence commonly used by tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon – and how this technology is already impacting healthcare. From predicting a patient’s risk for developing dangerous infections like C-diff to accelerating radiology/pathology experiences, algorithms are transforming the way doctors work and patients heal.  Kaiser Health News
  3. Operating room of future features less clutter, more technology
    Step inside a mock operating room housed at the Clemson Design Center in Charleston, S.C. and developed by a joint team of researchers from Clemson University and Medical University of South Carolina. The prototype is designed to improve safety for patients and staff, better accommodate current and future technologies, and support efficient team communication.   Medical University of South Carolina News
  4. The Best Response to Medical Errors? Transparency
    Coming clean may seem counterintuitive, but the path to resolution that more administrators, physicians and attorneys are starting to recommend when errors occur is one of disclosure to patients and families. While difficult, explaining what happened and apologizing go a long way especially in situations that offer an opportunity to learn. Multiple resources are cited including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’ Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) Toolkit. AAMCNews
  5. A Push To Get Older Adults In Shape For Surgery
    Consider steps that hospitals including Duke University Medical Center, the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, and Michigan Medicine are taking to make sure senior patients are well prepared to combat the complications that can arise following invasive procedures. PSQH

 

 

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