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Patient Safety: The Quality Imperative 

Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Surgery, Nursing, and Health Policy and Management; Director, Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group; Director, Division of Adult Critical Care Medicine; Co-Director, Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit; Medical Director, Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care


This presentation provides an overview of the sciences used to improve patient safety and of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), and it presents several case studies that illustrate how to improve patient safety. The trainer asks all those who view the presentation to implement one tool that is presented in the lecture within a month. Remember, the status quo in health care is not benign; while we wait, patients are being harmed.


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Topic 1: Emergency Response Planning
Part 1: The Science of Patient Safety
Part 2: Tools to Improve Safety
Part 3: Framework for Improving Patient Safety: Case Studies

Trainer Biography
Peter Pronovost is the medical director of the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care and a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Pronovost’s special interest is applying clinical research methods that improve quality of health care and safety, especially in intensive-care units (ICUs). His expertise in this area has landed him on many committees across the nation.

Within the Johns Hopkins community, he co-chairs the Patient Safety Committee and directs Performance Improvement for Intensive Care Units at the hospital; serves on the Johns Hopkins Health System's Performance Improvement Council and Leadership Development Program; and is core faculty for the Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment. On a national level, Dr. Pronovost is leading an effort to develop the idealized ICU design with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is developing standards for ICU quality measures with the VHA. Dr. Pronovost is currently working with the Michigan Hospital Association to improve care in intensive care units throughout the state. He is an active member of the National Coalition on Health Care and the medical advisor for the Leapfrog Group for patient safety.


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