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ACHE, Along With IHI, AHRQ Announce National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety

Posted: September 14, 2020 at 10:48 am   /   Articles, Thought Leadership

The American College of Healthcare Executives today joins with members of the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety to announce the release of a National Action Plan to provide health systems with renewed momentum and clearer direction for eliminating preventable medical harm. Continue Reading→

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Safety 101 Syllabus: Establish Organizational Behavior Expectations

Posted: August 31, 2020 at 11:32 am   /   Articles, Thought Leadership

The COVID-19 pandemic has led hospitals across the globe to rethink safety and implement new processes and protocols to protect the health of patients, visitors, staff and anyone else who might enter a healthcare organization. Such measures include creating COVID and non-COVID patient care units, building negative pressure rooms, expanding the use of PPE and […]

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Safety 101 Syllabus: Select, Develop and Engage Your Board

Posted: July 31, 2020 at 10:29 am   /   Articles, Thought Leadership

When it comes to achieving zero harm in healthcare, there is no silver bullet solution. Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success does, however, outline six leadership domains that can help ensure safety remains a focus from the top down in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

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Safety 101 Syllabus: Prioritize Safety in Selection and Development of Leaders

Posted: June 12, 2020 at 11:37 am   /   Articles, Thought Leadership

Welcome back, class. Since posting our last lesson, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe and presented the healthcare field with new, never before seen obstacles. Between the high contagiousness and rapid spread of the virus, patient surges, shortages of personal protective equipment and ventilators, and limited testing supplies, keeping staff and patients safe […]

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Redefining Criticism

Posted: May 26, 2020 at 1:21 pm   /   Articles, Thought Leadership

(Members Only) Healthcare organizations are quick to laud, with good reason, employees who fix problems on the fly and make things work, all too often in the face of seemingly impossible situations and systemic barriers. Organizational leaders are sometimes less exuberant about employees who point out defects or potential sources of failure in our systems. […]

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Five to Zero: How High Reliability Happens

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 1:08 pm   /   Articles, Thought Leadership

(Members Only) In the mid-1980s, following a scathing attack on anesthesia safety by ABC television’s 20/20 program, Ellison “Jeep” Pierce Jr., MD, then president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, conceived the idea of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and the ubiquitous term “patient safety” was born out of this effort. Pierce’s vision was a […]

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Engaging the Board in Patient Safety Goals

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:57 pm   /   Articles, Thought Leadership

Over the past few decades, many hospitals and health systems have invested significant time and resources in building and reinforcing quality improvement and patient safety programs. This has led to declines in some medical error rates. For instance, central line-associated blood stream infections dropped by 50 percent between 2008 and 2016, and have continued to […]

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The Promise and Practice of a Just Culture

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:49 pm   /   Articles, Thought Leadership

Leaders whose organizations have made big safety gains will tell you that a high-reliability safety culture is one of shared learning characterized by an atmosphere of trust. Members of the workforce feel safe speaking up when they make an error or encounter circumstances that could lead to harm. And, since these high-performing organizations recognize that […]

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Walk the Walk

Posted: March 13, 2020 at 11:52 am   /   Articles, Featured, Thought Leadership

What does it take to truly establish a culture of safety in your hospital? According to Mark P. Jarrett, MD, senior vice president and chief quality officer at Northwell Health in New York, the secret to success is none other than leadership. And, he claims, good leadership is ensuring that the culture will sustain itself […]

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The Story as Catalyst for Change

Posted: March 10, 2020 at 10:08 am   /   Articles, Featured, Thought Leadership

As healthcare leaders we gather data and use the numbers to guide our decisions and make strategic plans for our organization’s future. Sometimes, however, we come across a patient story so revealing and so humbling that it compels us to act now. The all-to-real human experience as relayed to us by a distraught mother, by […]

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