Strategies for Improving Patient Safety in the Hospital

The fact that patients are not entirely safe in a hospital is not eaking news. Errors in healthcare delivery were occurring long before the 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine exposed significant gaps in the healthcare system in the United States. The institute’s report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, found […]

Using Six Sigma to Improve Clinical Quality and Outcomes

Appropriately implemented, Six Sigma clearly produces benefits in terms of better operational efficiency, cost effectiveness and higher process quality. Perhaps less obvious – and until recently less documented – is the impact it can make in clinical areas such as infection control and medication delivery. Clinicians are often receptive to Six Sigma given its familiar scientific and […]

Case Study: Using DOE to Reduce Wasted Supplies in CTU

The quality of environmental hygiene in hospitals is under increasing scrutiny from both healthcare providers and consumers because the prevalence of serious infections due to multidrug-resistant pathogens has reached alarming levels. The transfer of gram-positive bacteria, particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), among patients is a growing concern. One critical factor for […]

Lean Six Sigma, care coordination heals fragmented hospital – FierceHealthcare

Under healthcare reform, a new trend of care coordination management is developing across hospitals, primary care provider offices, home health agencies, and patients’ homes. Hospitals are taking a more active role in what happens to patients–especially those with chronic conditions–after discharge, as reimbursements are tied to readmission rates. Care coordinators follow patients and work with […]