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HiQuiPs: Patient Safety in the ED Part 3 – The Role of Safety Culture in a Patient Safety Program

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You are attending a departmental event when you walk over to a group of your colleagues, and the conversation goes silent. You wonder if you had that effect on the conversation, but the awkward silence is reluctantly broken by the person who was speaking when they quietly continue their story. This veteran physician discusses a recent incident where they placed a wrong-sized lumen chest tube in a patient, only to have to replace …

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HiQuiPs: Patient Safety in the ED Part 2 – Key Concepts in the Systems-Based Patient Safety Paradigm

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You are working a busy shift in your local ED, which has a paper-based system for documentation and orders. You have seen two patients with the first name ‘Ben’, and two patients with the last name ‘Chen’. As you are reflecting on this, you realize that the last order you placed for one of the ‘Bens’ was placed on the wrong patient chart. You quickly grab the chart, put a line through the …

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HiQuiPs: Patient Safety in the ED Part 1 – Introduction to the Systems Approach

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So far in our series we’ve explored several approaches, frameworks and tools that will help guide you through the process of quality improvement. You are probably eager to get started at this point (or you may have already!), but you may be wondering which areas to target first in your emergency department (ED). In a previous post we listed some high-yield priorities to choose from. Among these, one of the most recognized and accessible …

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HiQuiPs: Implementation Part 2 – Which Strategy to Choose: PDSA, Lean, or Six Sigma?

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PDSA, Lean, and Six Sigma are three different frameworks that can be part of your quality improvement armamentarium. Each of them can often be applied to the same quality issue. Deciding on which one to use requires an understanding of their inherent strengths and weaknesses. In our last post, we briefly introduced the theory behind Lean, Six Sigma, and PDSA cycles. Here, we will practically apply each methodology to one quality problem to …

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HiQuiPs: Implementation Part 1 – QI Implementation Methodologies

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In this two-part series, we will take a deeper dive into several QI conceptual frameworks, or ways to approach QI projects. In our previous posts, we discussed preparation strategies for QI projects; but when it comes to implementing a change, how would a team go about choosing an approach? We will start with a discussion of the variable effectiveness of different change interventions, then we will delve into an overview of some common …

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HiQuiPs: Preparation Part 3 – Root Cause Analysis

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You have just finished a monthly business meeting with your emergency department (ED) team. One of your colleagues highlighted a recurring issue of the length of time it takes from ordering blood products to administering them in your ED. There is often a long delay in administration for patients who are in acute need.   You have gathered a team to start working on this quality improvement project. The team has put a …