Using a Lean Six Sigma approach to yield sustained pressure ulcer prevention for complex critical care patients

January 27, 2016

Source:  The Journal of Nursing Administration 46/1 pp. 43-48

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  A hospital in the US used Lean Six Sigma methods to reduce the rate of unit-acquired pressure ulcers in intensive care and step-down units. An interdisciplinary team tested four interventions: standardised documentation, equipment monitoring, monitoring patient movements and a checklist for use on unit rounds. The pressure ulcer rate decreased from 4.4% to 2.8%. This improvement was maintained.

Length of publication:   6 pages

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Enhancing surgical safety using digital multimedia technology

November 25, 2015

Source: American Journal of Surgery [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: The purpose of this study was to examine whether incorporating digital and video multimedia components improved surgical time-out performance of a surgical safety checklist. A prospective pilot study was designed for implementation of a multimedia time-out, including a patient video. The conclusion of the study was that the multimedia time-out allows improved participation by the surgical team and is preferred to a standard time-out process.

Length of Publication: Unspecified

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