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Quality and Safety: What Have We Learned?

2016 04 Oct

Communication is key when it comes to improving quality and safety in intensive care, according to Todd Dorman, President, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and Professor and Vice Chair Critical Care, Johns Hopkins University. “We need to create a culture where mistakes will be identified”, he said.Speaking at the Global Tracheostomy Collective meeting... Read more

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Measuring ICU Performance in Value-Based Healthcare Era

2016 29 Jul

In the move to value-based payment for U.S. healthcare, performance measures will increase in importance, and will focus on clinical quality, resource utilisation, clinical practice improvement and meaningful use of electronic health record technology. Current performance measures, however, often lack validity and interdisciplinary measures are needed... Read more

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ESA2016: Safety in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care a Key Theme

2016 02 Jun

Safety of both patients and doctors was a key theme of Euroanaesthesia 2016, meeting in London. The Sir Robert Macintosh lecture, named after the first professor of anaesthetics outside the United States, was delivered by Sven Erik Gisvold (pictured), Professor of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, from St Olavs Hospital, Trondheim, Norway. Departments... Read more

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Clostridium Difficile

2016 30 May

A Public Health Threat That Should Be Routinely Included Within Care Quality and Patient Safety Programmes This paper provides an overview of the evidence confirming that CDI independently increases mortality risk in hospitalised patients, and argues for system-wide implementation of specific actions, including care bundles for management (not only... Read more

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Volume 16 - Issue 2, 2016

2016 27 May

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Handover Checklists Improve Quantity & Quality of Information

2016 11 Mar

A standardised checklist improved the quantity and quality of information shared at handover from the operating room to the ICU, in a randomised controlled trial of 121 handovers, published in the Journal of Critical Care, the official journal of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive Care Medicine.Cornelie Salzwedel, MD, and colleagues from... Read more

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MRI Care Pathway: Supporting a Quality Management System

2016 27 Feb

In any MRI unit, service quality as experienced by patients depends on the design of the care pathway through which the MRI service is delivered (Johnston and Clark 2005; Yazdanparast et al. 2010). Healthcare organisations can create value in terms of improved service quality by developing expertise, reducing errors, increasing efficiency and improving outcomes... Read more

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5 Steps Towards ICU Care for the 21st Century

2016 23 Feb

The intensive care unit (ICU) is an organisational intervention in itself , gathering the sickest patients in a single space, with care from a multidisciplinary team. Debate continues on the optimal organisation  and staffing of the ICU. However, the changing healthcare landscape means that it is unlikely there will be enough healthcare staff to meet... Read more

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Evidence-based Practice: Shocking Low Implementation

2016 07 Feb

A new study reveals why healthcare organisations fall short of improving patient outcomes and reducing costs. The study is published in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. The survey, led by Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University included 276 chief nurse executives across the U.S. The objective was to gauge... Read more

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