Saturday 18 May 2013

This session will include a series of short, energetic presentations by different IHI experts centered on the theme of reducing patient harm. By the end of this session participants will have gained insights in to practical examples of improvement in quality and safety. Presentations will include:

Sepsis Reduction

Kaiser Permanente reports a dramatic reduction in risk adjusted hospital mortality and a significant reduction in use of inpatient beds. One reason is the successful implementation of the sepsis initiative - which resulted in a thousand lives saved and a million lives improved.

Alide Chase
Senior Vice President
Medicare Clinical Operations and Population Care
Kaiser Permanente

Medication Safety

Medications cause more harm than any other single therapy or treatment. The reasons are many; it is a complex sequence of events with multiple steps, where the reliability of each step is dependent on the success of the previous step. New technology improves certain error-prone actions and creates new opportunities for error at the same time. There are approaches we can use to keep our patients safe.

Carol Haraden, PhD
Vice President, IHI

Surgical Safety

Increased standardization can improve outcomes for surgical patients. The concept of "enhanced recovery" will be discussed, as well as the particular challenges faced by patients undergoing emergency surgery.

Carol Peden, MD, MB ChB
Associate Medical Director for Quality Improvement
and Consultant in Anesthesia and Intensive Care
Royal United Hospital, Bath

Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections

Transmission of organisms that cause hospital acquired infections can occur in many ways: caregiver-to-patient, environment-to-patient, or patient-to-patient. This presentation will highlight programs that have been successful in reducing hospital acquired infections by making it a strategic imperative - focusing on improving multiple interventions, such as hand hygiene, use of contact and other precautions, active screening, and robust decontamination rather than relying on a single approach.

Kedar Mate, MD
Vice President
Faculty, IHI