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    LICSW Director IHI Two years ago at a medical appointment the medical assistant asked me if I have any medication reactions This was different than asking at prior appointments about medication allergies so I gave a different answer yes my brain gets nutty if I take cough syrup with guaifenesin in it Since that day every time I show up at a medical appointment at any doctor s office in my community at the walk in clinic or at the emergency depar read full post Tag s Conversation Ready Patient Safety Quality Patient Family Centered Care Henry Ford Health System More than a hospital an anchor for the rebirth of the city Posted by Katharine Luther on Friday Jun 21 2013 On a recent visit to the Henry Ford Health System HFHS in Detroit we saw an organization that was intent on being faithful to its roots while building toward transforming the future not only of health care but of their city In 1925 Henry Ford built the original anchor facility Henry Ford Hospital with 500 private rooms all with private baths an airy lobby with retail space a strict no smoking policy and an integrated medical staff He insisted that patients should receive one read full post Tag s Site Visit Henry Ford Hospital shared learning Leadership Happy 90th Grandma Posted by Caitlin Littlefield on Tuesday Jun 11 2013 Two weeks ago my grandmother celebrated her 90th birthday Sadly she will not remember the pictures we took the flavor of the cake she ate chocolate her favorite or the gifts she unwrapped This is because my grandmother has dementia You may not know Jewel Estelle but everyone has someone like her She s my grandmother She isn t a celebrity never wrote a book and never won a beauty pageant There won t be a scholarship park bench or statue dedicated in her honor But is this read full post Tag s The Conversation Project Family caregivers and caregiving all aspects Family Centered Care How Do You Bike 100 Miles One Mile at a Time Posted by Caitlin Littlefield on Tuesday Jun 04 2013 When people imagine biking 100 miles a number of words probably enter their mind Difficult Exhausting Brutal Me I d choose privilege It was truly a privilege to not only participate in something called the Best Buddies Challenge but to also have the energy and wellness to complete the long adventurous ride Throughout my training for the challenge which took me from Boston to Hyannis Port on two wheels this weekend I learned many lessons These three summarize the experience read full post Tag s Wellness National Forum joy in work partnerships shared learning Follow Me Subscribe Blog Archive 2016 9 January 9 2015 64 December 7 November 6 October 5 September 3 August 10 July 8 June 1 May 6 April 4 March 7 February 4 January 3 2014 50 December 9 November 3 October 3 September 4 August 3 July 9 May 2

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    dust and dirt My hair was a matted mess under my Red Sox cap I would have kicked myself for not packing more snacks in my backpack but my legs were busy cursing my feet for making them walk 11 miles with no end in sight At this point I had little faith that I could finish the additional nine miles I still had ahead of me How did I get into this situation I recently participated in Project Bread s 45th read full post Tag s Wellness Work Life Wellness Team Walk for Hunger What exactly do you mean by that Raising Awareness Within the Organization Posted by Azeem Mallick on Thursday May 09 2013 In collaboration with Nigel Deen Research Assistant Sandy Cohen Research Associate and Amy Reid Research Associate Whether you plan on addressing the diversity of your organization solely from within or the needs of underserved populations in communities throughout the country it is important to take a step back and remember that this work while being extremely rewarding will not be met without challenges and roadblocks In our first post we discussed and outlined a process of how to read full post Tag s Diversity Inclusion Disparities Health Equity Cultural competence Awareness Get Out and Get Fit Posted by Sarah Dicioccio on Tuesday May 07 2013 Pack away your jackets and dust off your flip flops sunshine and warm weather have finally arrived in Boston But with a 9 5 job and a family who really has the time to enjoy it It is recommended that people spend 10 15 minutes in the sun a day It can be difficult to soak up your daily vitamin D if your only time spent outside is commuting particularly during the harsh winter months The IHI staff decided to break this routine with the IHI running club This is a relaxed no obligation read full post Tag s Running group fitness wellness team HIPAA on My Mind Posted by Caitlin Littlefield on Wednesday May 01 2013 Below is a post to the Blue Shirt Blog by Madge Kaplan IHI s Communications Director It s 4 30 AM and I m woken up by the home phone ringing in the middle of the night When I pick up a woman identifies herself as calling from my elderly mother s medic alert company She tells me that my mother pushed her button a short while ago and an ambulance was called Did the ambulance come I ask Do you know where she was taken We don t know they won t tell us that Who s they I learn read full post Tag s Patient Safety Best Practices for clinical areas Private Group Care Family caregivers and caregiving all aspects Follow Me Subscribe Blog Archive 2016 9 January 9 2015 64 December 7 November 6 October 5 September 3 August 10 July 8 June 1 May 6 April 4 March 7 February 4 January 3 2014 50 December 9 November

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    company She tells me that my mother pushed her button a short while ago and an ambulance was called Did the ambulance come I ask Do you know where she was taken We don t know they won t tell us that Who s they I learn read full post Tag s Patient Safety Best Practices for clinical areas Private Group Care Family caregivers and caregiving all aspects Diversity and Inclusion Posted by Azeem Mallick on Thursday Apr 18 2013 In collaboration with Nigel Deen Research Assistant and Sandy Cohen Research Associate These are words which can stir up thoughts emotions and opinions They can make people uncomfortable defensive and cautious More importantly however they force you to think They force you to reflect on your surroundings and to look at yourself As a nation that continues to blend new cultures religions and backgrounds every day diversity and inclusion needs to transition from something we thi read full post Tag s Diversity Inclusion Health Equity Disparities IHI s Climb to the Summit Posted by Sarah Dicioccio on Tuesday Apr 09 2013 IHI s daily hours are 8 30 5 00 Monday through Friday That s eight and a half hours a day forty two and a half hours a week of time spent at the office While this daily work routine may be mentally exhausting physically this time is spent sitting It is not uncommon for a job to mainly consist of sitting in front of a computer screen but at IHI that s eight and a half hours a day forty two and half hours a week just sitting With the organization s main focus being healthcare t read full post Tag s 14th Annual International Summit Work Life Wellness Team Follow Me Subscribe Blog Archive 2016 9 January

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    the effects of the infection have led to a series of losses including her home her much beloved job a large section of read full post Tag s Patient Family Centered Care Patient and family engagement Project JOINTS So what exactly is going on with Obamacare Posted by Azeem Mallick on Friday Mar 29 2013 Before I begin let me preface this post by saying this is not a politically charged piece nor is it a celebration or indictment of health care reform I had the great pleasure of traveling to Victoria British Columbia in Canada and Seattle Washington a couple of weeks ago with IHI s wonderful reducing readmissions team As you can imagine flying from Boston s Logan Airport to Victoria International Airport is not exactly an easy direct flight so there was a lot of time spent in termi read full post Tag s Reducing Readmissions Health Care Reform The Courage to Speak Up Posted by Joelle Baehrend on Tuesday Mar 26 2013 My mother lived three months from the time she was diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer until her death In that time she endured chemotherapy pneumonia a urinary tract infection untold finger pricks and jabs to manage her Type 1 Diabetes and at the very end one furious looking and persistent bedsore But if I were to name the single ailment that most robbed my mother of dignity and comfort in her last weeks of life it would be the C diff infection she contracted during her first ho read full post Tag s Patient Experience Hand Hygiene speaking up caregivers Home Health Care s Unique Promise Posted by Cory Sevin on Monday Mar 25 2013 Home health care provides a unique service and a sorely needed unique view of patient and caregivers situation and the factors that impact their ability to care for themselves The home health Nurse Social Worker Aide or Physical Therapist is the provider who sees the bags of old medications the empty refrigerator or the long stairs to the one bathroom Home health care providers are in the homes of patients recently discharged from the hospital or emergency department when the patient is read full post Tag s home healthcare caregivers Engage Patients and Families in Care Bringing Oscar and Joy to Work Posted by Michael Briddon on Thursday Mar 21 2013 This is Oscar Oscar is a six year old Australian Shepherd He barks quite a bit He bites his leash when we go for walks And he is on a constant quest for food even if he has just eaten an entire apple pie which he did one time But despite his shortcomings and annoying idiosyncrasies Oscar is also pretty much the best thing ever This I imagine is an opinion that many dog owners share about their own furry children As you can see from the picture Oscar is a pretty happy dog H read full post Tag s IHI Specific Terms joy in work bringing

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    old I never had my own patient story until last Friday My day started like any other Friday I started plowing through my email and was in the process of working on some web pages for a new webinar when I star read full post Tag s Patient Family Centered Care Patient Experience System and Process Improvement and Reliability Understanding What Matters to Me Posted by Molly Fubel on Tuesday Feb 12 2013 It s 5 p m on a Friday and my five year old begins complaining of a sore throat One shine of the flashlight in her mouth reveals red swollen tonsils with white spots Darn She s had strep throat four times in the past three months and it s most likely returned Of course she waited until the doctor s office was closed for the weekend to mention this problem After I speak with the physician on call we head out for a strep test at the nearby urgent care facility to avoid the long wai read full post Tag s Patient Family Centered Care Patient Experience Nurse System Redesign System and Process Improvement and Reliability What s in Your Fruit Basket Posted by Caylin Cheney on Monday Feb 04 2013 In collaboration with Afiesha Balgobin Relationship Project Manager The fruit basket idea was stolen shamelessly from our colleagues in Denmark During a site visit to a hospital in November 2011 I noticed fruit bowls in the administrative offices When I inquired why fruit bowls instead of candy bowls I was startled at the response Fruits are better for you The Danish society is actively promoting fruit and vegetable intake across the country by making it an easy choice for people to m read full post Tag s health and wellness partnerships shared learning Follow Me

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    Forum but that s a story for another time Never though not once have I been bored I primarily work on the IHI Open School online courses which means I m fortunate enough to work at the corner of education and health care two of the mo read full post Tag s IHI Open School for Health Professions Online Course MOOC education revolution Living in Your Stretch Zone Posted by Melissa Knihtila on Friday Jan 25 2013 It s easy to become complacent in the daily grind Juggling classes part time employment and involvement in student organizations I ve learned just how easy it is to get caught in a routine on Tuesdays go to work Thursdays mean lab and closed toed shoes and weekends are meant for finishing homework and getting reacquainted with the concept of sleep As graduation approaches in less than four months it would be natural for me to have some trepidation about breaking this cycle and diving read full post Tag s co op internship Transition from student stretch zone challenges Forty Dollars of Savings Posted by Alex Anderson on Friday Jan 18 2013 Several months ago my wife Allison and I enjoyed our wonderful honeymoon in Hawaii The combination of wedding stress and several cross country and trans Pacific flights took its toll on our immune system By the second day Allison was clearly coming down with an unpleasant cold Fortunately there was a quick care clinic nearby We showed up a few minutes before the clinic opened We were the first and only patients at the clinic during our visit After seeing the doctor for approximatel read full post Tag s Cost of Care Patient Family Centered Care savings Follow Me Subscribe Blog Archive 2016 9 January 9 2015 64 December 7 November

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    must become responsible for yourself and your mistakes and embrace the ramifications of failure Time is not necessarily yo read full post Tag s co op internship Transition from student Three Lessons the Airline Industry Can Learn from Health Care Posted by Michael Briddon on Monday Nov 05 2012 The quiet elderly couple stared off into the distance How long has it been This can t be right said the woman slowly trailing off The man tan from a tropical vacation paced and looked at his phone for the fifth time in the last two minutes The crowd grew larger around them Everyone looked hopeful but very tired This is really getting ridiculous said the man There must be something wrong And how come there is no one around to ask Were they waiting for news about a loved one read full post Tag s crew resource management patient flow IHI Triple Aim Why Hospitals Should Fly patient centered care shared decision making Taking on a TEDMED Great Challenge Posted by Jameson Case on Friday Nov 02 2012 By Kedar Mate Faculty IHI Several months ago I had an opportunity to be a part of something exciting the 2012 TEDMED annual conference In addition to taking in the dazzling array of presentations on the microbiome the future of medical training guitar playing from NIH director Francis Collins and a surprise appearance from Cookie Monster I had been invited to represent a great challenge in American medicine and healthcare There were 50 challenges that had been selected by a team f read full post Tag s TEDMED Best Practices for clinical areas innovation The Blue Shirts Go to Auckland Posted by Amanda Swiatocha on Tuesday Oct 23 2012 Why is it that certain pieces of clothing inspire specific behaviors Growing up my guidance counselor used to tell us that students who dress well and tie their shoelaces tight will do better on their final exam than their pajama clad classmates Recently I heard that wearing a sports team uniform alongside teammates in the same garb can affect self perception and confidence In a recent New York Times article I read that if you wear a white coat that you believe belongs to a doctor your read full post Tag s blueshirt National Forum Team Development Improvement Stories partnerships IHI is Walking the Walk from Cambridge to Orlando Posted by Caitlin Littlefield on Friday Sep 21 2012 IHI is walking to the 24th Annual National Forum Yes you read that right The IHI staff is lacing up their sneakers for the Walk to the Forum challenge which encourages staff members to get up and walk for more exercise and a bit of fun IHI s Work Life Wellness team promoted the challenge and was thrilled to have over 80 staff members including remote workers join the challenge Everyone participating in the challenge will be wearing a pedometer and at the end of each week th read full post Tag s 24th Annual

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    Engage with IHI Engage with IHI Overview Collaboratives Initiatives Membership Programs Fellowship Programs Strategic Partnerships Customized Services Blogs and User Groups Home User Communities Blogs Improvement Blog Improvement Blog Improvement Blog IHI staff faculty and colleagues offer diverse examples and perspectives on improving health and health care building improvement capability and the science of improvement Improvement Blog Blog Home processing Transitioning from Student to Employee Posted by Morgan Packer on Wednesday Dec 19 2012 At university your life is somewhat unformatted you attend class here and there study in the library and try to fill in the rest of your time with student organizations and other activities In class you are allowed to ask questions make mistakes and grow from your experience This makes the transition between student life and work life somewhat startling as you must become responsible for yourself and your mistakes and embrace the ramifications of failure Time is not necessarily yo read full post Tag s co op internship Transition from student Follow Me Subscribe Blog Archive 2016 9 January 9 2015 64 December 7 November 6 October 5 September 3 August 10 July 8 June 1 May 6 April 4 March 7 February 4 January 3 2014 50 December 9 November 3 October 3 September 4 August 3 July 9 May 2 April 2 March 12 February 2 January 1 2013 34 October 3 September 2 August 4 July 3 June 4 May 4 April 2 March 6 February 3 January 3 2012 10 December 1 November 2 October 1 September 2 August 4 Most Popular Blog Tags Quality Improvement 44 Improvement Capability 33 Person and Family Centered Care 29 Triple Aim for Populations 26 Patient Safety 19 Improvement Methods and Tools 18 Equitable Care Delivery 17 Engage Patients and Families in Improvement 15 Primary

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