The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare: Improving by Naida Grunden
By Naida Grunden
Records the various successes of the Pittsburgh nearby future health Initiative (PRHI) member hospitals, who've effectively utilized business ideas that make sufferers more secure and staff extra happy.
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29 Grunden chpts 1–2 11/6/07 10:49 AM Page 30 THE PITTSBURGH WAY TO EFFICIENT HEALTHCARE Active infections form only a small portion of the problem. People can be colonized with MRSA—that is, have the organism present in their bodies but show no symptoms—and spread it to others. Stark differences in healthcare practices have led to stark differences in MRSA rates. In the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Western Australia, where MRSA prevailed until the 1980s, it is now far less common, with sporadic outbreaks quickly contained.
These factors, along with expanding media coverage, are converging to make hospital-acquired infections a mainstream cause célèbre, not only among clinical patient safety advocates, but also among consumer groups and the general public. Calls for full public disclosure of infection rates, and for the eradication of infections in the nation’s hospitals have appeared in lay literature as diverse as Consumer Reports and Slate Magazine. It wasn’t always so. ” Nevertheless, PRHI’s regional partners decided to ignore the labels, join hands, and bring down the rates of these infections, through systematic information sharing, and by whatever process means they chose.
The notification system was decidedly low-tech—color-coded construction paper taped to the back of the cabinets, with pink designating the nurse’s assistant, blue the technician, and so forth. The system was based on “pull,” that is, stock was replenished Figure 2-3. Color-coded posters on only when it reached a trigger level. the back of cupboards clearly show the glove supply is low, and This eliminated the syndrome of too when indicate who is responsible for much of one thing, not enough replenishing it.