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Almost every year, Institute for Healthcare Improvement president and CEO Donald Berwick, MD, gives a lecture about quality improvement to first-year medical school students at Harvard. Looking at healthcare with the tools of quality improvement is like putting on a new pair of eyeglasses. Indeed, the author is often struck by how accessible and commonsensical many of the processes that lead to better patient care really are. Years of psychological and behavioral research have proven that people are fallible. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that implementation of the checklist can reduce inpatient complications and prevent deaths. Notably, the Surgical Safety Checklist is a one-page document with 19 steps -- an inexpensive intervention that is readily adoptable -- that has amazing potential to save lives. Meanwhile, getting intensive care patients out of bed and walking is another area that has been ripe for innovation.
What Students Think Eva Luo Healthcare Executive; May/Jun 2009; 24, 3; Docstoc pg. 76 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Furt
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