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TimLockney

VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 6

This Week’s Top 3 Stories in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Healthcare By Tim Lockney, School of Medicine, Class of 2013 1. “Global Trigger Tool” Shows Adverse Events May Be 10 Times Greater Than Previously Measured An article published in Health Affairs journal April 2011 used the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Global Trigger Tool to…

Posted by scotthagan on October 4, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Uncategorized, Volume 3


scotthagan

VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 5

This Week’s Top 3 Stories in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Healthcare By Scott Hagan, School of Medicine, Class of 2013 1. Privacy Curtains in Hospital Patient Rooms Carry Dangerous Bacteria In a study with preliminary results presented at the 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Dr. Michael Ohl and colleagues from the University of Iowa found…

Posted by scotthagan on September 26, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Volume 3


VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 3

This Week’s Top 3 Stories in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Healthcare By Kate Gurba, School of Medicine, Class of 2014 1. Aggressive medical therapy is superior to stenting for treatment of intracranial arterial stenosis – 9/7/11 Fifty institutions participated in a randomized clinical trial to determine optimal treatment for preventing additional strokes in…

Posted by scotthagan on September 12, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Volume 3


natalie

VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 2

This Week’s Top 3 Stories in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Healthcare By Natalie Ausborn, School of Medicine, Class of 2013 1. Handwashing signs emphasizing patient versus provider safety improves compliance – 8/29/11 A two-week study by Adam Grant, a psychological scientist at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and David Hofmann, University of…

Posted by scotthagan on September 5, 2011 in Digest


Sandberg

Speaker of The Week for August 31, 2011: Dr. Warren Sandeberg

As graduate school has returned to session, we are once again offering the Vanderbilt Healthcare Improvement Group (VHIG) Digest. As you will notice, our Digest has undergone a transformation this year. Given the abundance of healthcare news related to quality improvement and patient safety, our organization felt it appropriate to increase the frequency of our…

Posted by scotthagan on August 29, 2011 in Blog, Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Uncategorized


scotthagan

VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 1

This Week’s Top 3 Stories in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Healthcare By Scott Hagan, School of Medicine, Class of 2013 1. Michigan Keystone ICU Patient Safety Program Reduces Infections, Saves Money With one in 20 hospitalized patients acquiring a healthcare-associated infection (HAIs) in the United States, HAIs are a leading cause of mortality, and the cost of treating HAIs has been estimated by the HHS to be up to $33 billion annually. In…

Posted by scotthagan on August 29, 2011 in Digest


richardclews

VHIG Digest: Volume 2, No. 8

By Richard J. Clews, 2012, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing In the News… 1. XX-ray: when enough is enough - April 12, 2011 State investigators in New York have found that some X-rays performed at SUNY are still over radiating premature babies after initial reports from the hospital indicated that they had corrected the indiscretion of performing…

Posted by scotthagan on May 3, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Volume 2


VHIG Digest: Volume 2, No. 7

By Kate Gurba, MSTP ’13  In the News… 1. Study finds drop in deadly V.A. hospital infections- 4/13/11 Two articles in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the clinical and financial efficacy of efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Over a span of 32 months, Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide reduced methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections by…

Posted by scotthagan on April 19, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Volume 2


VHIG Digest: Volume 2, No. 6

By Mike Miles, OGSM (MBA 2012) In the News…  1. Rules Aim to Reshape Medical Practices – WSJ 4/1/2011 The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week released a 429-page document covering the rules for accountable care organizations, how they will share risk with CMS, and how they must report quality of care….

Posted by scotthagan on April 5, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Uncategorized, Volume 2


natalie

VHIG Digest: Volume 2, No. 5

by Natalie Ausborn, VMS II In the News 1. ICU Central-line Infections Drop Dramatically Nationwide - 3/14/11 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report indicating that U.S. intensive care units reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections by approximately 60% over the past ten years, with an estimate of 27,000 lives saved and $1.8 billion…

Posted by scotthagan on March 28, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Uncategorized, Volume 2


jake1

VHIG Digest: Volume 2, No. 4

By Jake McClure, VMS II In the News 1. Wall Street Journal Reports Almost 5% of Americans Report Falling Asleep at the Wheel A March 3rd article in the Wall Street Journal reported a scary statistic regarding Americans and their tendency to fall asleep while driving at the wheel. Based on numbers released by theCDC, of the 74,571 Americans surveyed, 4.7%…

Posted by scotthagan on March 14, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Volume 2


janice

VHIG Digest: Volume 2, No. 3

By Janice Babbs, OGSM II In the News 1. HealthGrades Releases List of Top 50 Cities for Hospital Care HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, released the first-ever list of America’s Top 50 Cities for hospital care. The rankings are based on a comprehensive study of patient death and complication rates at the nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals. HealthGradesidentified those…

Posted by scotthagan on February 22, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Volume 2, ,


julie

VHIG Digest: Volume 2, No. 2

By Julie McNeil, OGSM II In the News 1. U.S. House of Representatives Repeals PPACA On Wednesday, January 19, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 245 to 189 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), voting on party lines. Three Democrats joined the unanimous Republican vote: Dan Boren (D-OK), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), and Mike…

Posted by scotthagan on January 24, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Uncategorized, Volume 2


scott

VHIG Digest: Volume 2, No. 1

1. Wall Street Journal investigates controversy over rates of spinal fusion surgery

A December 20th article in the Wall Street Journal reported on an unusually high rate of spinal fusion surgeries at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Five spinal surgeons there contributed to giving Norton the distinction of having the third-highest rate of spinal fusion surgeries of any U.S. hospital. Central to this controversy is that in 2010 these surgeons received over $7 million from Medtronic, Inc, the manufacturer of the spinal fusion device the surgeons used.Spinal fusion surgery, which involves fusing 2 or more vertebrae in patients with significant back pain, is a particularly controversial operation due to limited evidence of its effectiveness, especially as an indication for patients with degenerative disk disease. The article touches on the problem of financial incentives and the extent to which they affect volume of procedures.

Posted by scotthagan on January 10, 2011 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Volume 2


tim

VHIG Digest: Volume 1, No. 4

By Tim Lockney, VMS II In the News 1. IHI Forum Reflections: 10 ‘Aha’ Moments (12/9) A near-record number of almost 6,000 plus physicians, hospital chiefs, nursing executives and others responsible for quality and patient satisfaction attended the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 22nd annual quality forum this December, the first IHI forum to be held since the passage…

Posted by scotthagan on December 13, 2010 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Volume 1


Piotr

VHIG Digest: Volume 1, No. 3

By Piotr Pilarski, VMS IV In the News 1. New CMS Rule Requires Hospitals to Respect Visitation and Medical Decision-Making Rights of Same-Sex Couples - 11/18/10 With approximately 7,600 “overwhelmingly favorable” comments from various health care constituents and unanimous support from hospital groups, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) passed a rule that will require…

Posted by scotthagan on November 29, 2010 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Uncategorized, Volume 1


Irving

VHIG Digest: Volume 1, No. 2

By Irving Ye, MD/MBA Candidate 2012 In the News 1. VA Health System Shines in Quality-of-Care Study (11/9) A report in the November issue of the national publication Medical Care finds that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system generally outperforms the private sector in following recommended processes for patient care. The study authors,…

Posted by scotthagan on November 15, 2010 in Digest, Our Blog and Digest, Volume 1