Friday, November 28, 2008

How a simple checklist can dramatically reduce medical errors.

Pronovost PJ.
On Call. IHI Open School for Health Professionals. November 2008.

IHI Open School’s On Call audio conference series

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Active Bed Management by Hospitalists and Emergency Department Throughput

E. Howell, E. Bessman, S. Kravet, K. Kolodner, R. Marshall and S. Wright
Ann Intern Med 2008; 804-810.
Abstract Full Text PDF

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Patient-safety reforms inhibited by systemic impediments

Silversides, Ann
CMAJ 2008 179: 1253-1255
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The Canadian Healthcare Safety Symposium 8
visit the speakers page to download individual documents

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pediatric Aspects of Inpatient Health Information Technology Systems

Council on Clinical Information Technology
Pediatrics 2008; 122: e1287-e1296.
[Abstract] [Full text] [PDF]

Quality of Care for Common Pediatric Respiratory Illnesses in United States Emergency Departments

Analysis of 2005 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Data
Jane F. Knapp, Stephen D. Simon, and Vidya Sharma
Pediatrics 2008; 122: 1165-1170.
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Quality of Inpatient Care for Asthma: Challenges and Opportunities
Meyer KattanPediatrics 2008; 122: 1369-1370.
[Extract] [Full text] [PDF]

Saturday, November 22, 2008

IHI Open School for Health Professions

Case studies, podcasts, videos, featured articles — and a bounty of other free online resources from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Friday, November 21, 2008

HHS - Quality Measure Inventory

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first-ever inventory of quality measures that are used for reporting, payment, or quality improvement by its agencies and operating divisions.

The HHS measure inventory is available on the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse, a Web site of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) link

HHS Measures is available for download in Excel

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Is health care getting safer?

Charles Vincent, Paul Aylin, Bryony Dean Franklin, Alison Holmes, Sandra Iskander, Ann Jacklin, Krishna Moorthy
BMJ 2008;337:a2426
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Complex Surgical Site Infections and the Devilish Details of Risk Adjustment: Important Implications for Public Reporting

Deverick J. Anderson, Luke F. Chen, Daniel J. Sexton, Keith S. Kaye
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2008 29:10, 941-946
Abstract-Full Text-PDF Version (291 kB)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Risk adjustment performance of Charlson and Elixhauser comorbidities in ICD-9 and ICD-10 administrative databases

Bing Li, Dewey Evans, Peter Faris, Stafford Dean, Hude Quan
BMC Health Services Research 2008, 8:12 (14 January 2008)
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Electronic Health Record Components and the Quality of Care.

Salomeh Keyhani, MD; Paul L. Hebert, PhD; Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS; Alex Federman, MD, MPH; Carolyn W. Zhu, PhD; Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH
Medical Care. 46(12):1267-1272, December 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (228 K)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Blueprint for a New American College of Surgeons: National Surgical Quality Improvement Program .

J . Birkmeyer , D . Shahian , J . Dimick , S . Finlayson , D . Flum , C . Ko , B . Hall
Journal of the American College of Surgeons , Volume 207 , Issue 5 , Pages 777 - 782
Full Text Full-Text PDF (106 KB)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mental Illness and Hospitalization for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Medical Conditions.

Yue Li, PhD; Laurent G. Glance, MD; Xueya Cai, PhD; Dana B. Mukamel, PhD
Medical Care. 46(12):1249-1256, December 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (325 K)

Friday, November 07, 2008

Does interhospital transfer improve outcome of acute myocardial infarction? A propensity score analysis from the Cardiovascular Cooperative Project

John M Westfall, Catarina I Kiefe, Norman W Weissman, Anthony Goudie, Robert M Centor, O Dale Williams, Jeroan J Allison
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2008, 8:22
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Thursday, November 06, 2008