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VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 6

Oct. 4, 2011—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...

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Watch the Latest VHIG Quarterly Lecture Series Online!

Sep. 29, 2011—On Monday, September 19th, the Vanderbilt Healthcare Improvement Group (VHIG) hosted its first organizational meeting of the school year with the 2nd session of the VHIG Quarterly Lecture Series introduced last spring. At this session, we were proud to have Jeffrey Hill, MS, speak to the students about patient safety from an aviation perspective. Mr....

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Speaker of the Week for Wednesday, September 28: Julie Morath

Sep. 27, 2011—Julianne Morath has three decades of executive leadership in healthcare and multiple faculty appointments.  Among her awards, Ms. Morath was the inaugural recipient of the John Eisenberg Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety, awarded through The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum.  She is currently Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Director of...

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VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 5

Sep. 26, 2011—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...

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Speaker of the Week for Wednesday, September 21: Dr. Jacob Hathaway

Sep. 19, 2011—Dr. Hathaway is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Hathaway completed a quality improvement fellowship at the VA where he currently spends much of his time seeing patients, leading quality improvement initiatives, and teaching current Quality Scholar Fellows. As a...

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VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 4

Sep. 19, 2011—This Week’s Top 3 Stories in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Healthcare By Michele Luhm Vigor, School of Medicine, Class of 2014 1. The Joint Commission Names Names: Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2011- 9/13/11 This past week, the nation’s leading hospital accreditation board released their annual report on quality and safety:Improving America’s Hospitals. The reporting...

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Speaker of the Week for Wednesday, September 14: Michael A. Lapré, Drs., Ph.D.

Sep. 12, 2011—Michael A. Lapré, Drs., Ph.D. E. Bronson Ingram Associate Professor of Operations Management Professor Michael A. Lapré is an internationally known expert on organizational learning curves. He is primarily interested in empirical research on improving organizational performance.  Lapré is an associate editor for Management Science (MS) and a senior editor for Production and Operations Management (POM). Professor Lapré joined the...

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VHIG Digest: Vol. 3, No. 3

Sep. 12, 2011—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...

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

Aug. 29, 2011—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...

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VHIG Digest: Volume 2, No. 8

May. 3, 2011—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...

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