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10 Powerful Ideas for Improving Patient Care, Book 3


78 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $50.00 (US $50.00) (CA $68.00)

Publication Date: January 2006

ISBN 9781567932669

Rights: WOR

Health Administration Press (Jan 2006)
Executive Essentials Book

Price: $50.00


This is the third book in a series designed to widely share innovations in patient care. This book includes improvement strategies selected by two leaders at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). These approaches are reliable, innovative, ready for implementation, and have been tested and used successfully. Each chapter provides a description of the strategy, an example of the strategy in practice, and, in most cases, the results that have been achieved when the strategy was applied. Ideas explored in this book include: Examining and redesigning the discharge process to cover gaps in care Improving patients’ “health literacy” to eliminate confusion about medical instructions and provide needs-appropriate care Implementing WalkRounds to identify and address safety issues Establishing “red rules”—three to four key behaviors that staff must follow to ensure safety Using innovative approaches to detect early signs of patient distress

Author Biography

Maureen A. Bisognano is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. Bisognano was senior vice president of The Juran Institute, where she consulted with senior management on the implementation of total quality management in healthcare settings.