Feb 252014
 

Marc Franklin reflects on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Forum in Florida, and thinks about some of the lessons he left with.

Joshua Kovoor, Dr Andy Carson-Stevens, Marc Franklin, Don Berwick, Gney Mehta, Amy Butlin, Hope Ward, and Beth McIldowie at the IHI Open School Congress

Above: Joshua Kovoor, Dr Andy Carson-Stevens, Marc Franklin, Don Berwick, Gney Mehta, Amy Butlin, Hope Ward, and Beth McIldowie at the IHI Open School Congress

Just before Christmas, along with  five other members of the 1000 Lives Student and Educator Community and the Cardiff Medics Student-Patient Chapter, I headed for Orlando, Florida to attend the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 25th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare. We boarded the plane excited to join over 5000 other delegates, and join the discussion on patient safety and quality improvement.

We began by attending the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Chapter Congress, along with many of the Forum’s other student delegates from universities around the world. Don Berwick (President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the IHI), who led the Congress, emphasised the importance of students approaching healthcare systems with “fresh eyes”, and the significance of students’ position as the future of healthcare.

We were then set the modest task of saving the NHS £1 billion! We worked together to put forward a suggestion for quality improvement – our idea was  moving away from the use of non-essential sterile swabs when cannulating a patient, toward the use of cheaper, non-sterile swabs. This was an idea which had the potential to make real savings, and it shows that a small change has the possibility of making a big impact. Continue reading »

Apr 292013
 
Dominique Bird

Dominique Bird

“I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.” – Confucius

Obviously as the lead for Improving Quality Together, I would say those words ring true in the framework’s underpinning principles. Maureen Bisognano used them in her opening keynote address to set the tone for this year’s International Forum.

The importance of seeing the impact of the system on staff and patients was underlined with Maureen’s call for empathy. Until we truly see what is happening, we cannot even move to being able to ‘do’ something and therefore we need to ‘understand’ our role and our ability to make the improvements that will have an impact on patient care.  Continue reading »

Apr 242013
 
Mikaela Alexander

Mikaela Alexander

How do you motivate health care professionals to think innovatively, safely and improve quality? The president and CEO of Institute for Healthcare Improvement Maureen Bisognano did just that at the 18th International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare.

Maureen’s inspirational speech “All teach, all learn” introduced the simple reminder to embrace empathy to accomplish effective, high-quality patient-centred care. Continue reading »