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MiST (Making it Safer Together) - A New UK Paediatric Patient Safety Collaborative
11/29/2013 8:23 AM | Vieve Paisley, MD
A Promise to Learn, a Commitment to Act – what does that mean for leaders?
9/30/2013 8:36 AM | Vieve Paisley, MD
International Congress of Pediatrics (ICP 2013) - Melbourne, Australia
9/9/2013 8:56 AM | Vieve Paisley, MD
Leadership
7/2/2013 9:07 AM | Vieve Paisley, MD
Who Guards the Guardians?
6/12/2013 9:11 AM | Vieve Paisley, MD
My Experience of the PIPSQC Paediatric Patient Safety Conference 2013
6/4/2013 9:23 AM | Vieve Paisley, MD
PSC & PIPSQC Paediatric Patient Safety Day: Monday 20 May 2013
6/3/2013 9:34 AM | Vieve Paisley, MD
Partnering With Parents to Save Children’s Lives
4/15/2013 2:44 PM | Vieve Paisley, MD
I-PASS: Should I have equipoise?
3/31/2013 2:51 PM | Vieve Paisley, MD
Leadership and Pre-Occupation With Failure
3/1/2013 2:57 PM | Vieve Paisley, MD

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MiST (Making it Safer Together) - A New UK Paediatric Patient Safety Collaborative

Author: Dr. Hannah Zhu

Setting the Scene in the UK
Patient safety has been starring in the BBC News and National Health Service (NHS) spotlight this year. Although NHS fundamental principles are to provide the best possible quality of care, the Francis Report on Mid-Staffordshire and other research into the culture and behaviour in the NHS indicate that there is a huge amount of inconsistency, unclear goals and overlapping priorities. The Chief Medical Officer's annual report 2012: 'Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays,' highlights the importance of focussing on children, since child health sets the foundations for health in later life and has great potential for long-term economic benefits. [...]

International Congress of Pediatrics (ICP 2013) - Melbourne, Australia

Author: Dr. Jonny Taitz

I was fortunate enough to recently attend the International Congress of Pediatrics (ICP 2013) in Melbourne, Australia. The Congress occurs every 3 years with the next congress (ICP 2016) in Vancouver. There were almost 3000 delegates from around the world. What was especially pleasing was to see the large number of delegates representing developing world countries across the globe. [...]
 

Leadership

Author: Dr. Derek Wheeler 

Leadership is a word you hear about a lot these days.  There are over 94,000 books on leadership available for purchase on Amazon.com.  As of June 27, 2013, a PubMed search using the key word leadership generated over 36,000 articles relevant to healthcare.  Given all of this attention, I think it is safe to assume that leadership is an important topic!  However, is it safe to assume that leadership is important to building a high reliability organization? [...]

Who Guards the Guardians?

Author: Dr. David Vaughan

Quis custodiet custodies? “Who guards the guardians?”, the poet Juvenal asked almost 2000 years ago.

The question he raised remains pertinent for those of us who believe that the safety and quality of care we offer can and must constantly be improved. To paraphrase Juvenal, “who cares for the caregivers?” And more importantly, why should we care about this? [...]

My Experience of the PIPSQC Paediatric Patient Safety Conference 2013

Author: Dr. Hannah Zhu

I heard about PIPSQC through the quality improvement (QI) grapevine and it seemed to be finally exactly what I was looking for – QI specific to paediatrics! PIPSQC’s international speakers and workshops very much exceeded my expectations and this conference gave me exactly the boost of inspiration and ideas I needed. Here’s a snapshot... [...]

 

PSC & PIPSQC Paediatric Patient Safety Day: Monday 20 May 2013

Author: Dr. Sebastian Yuen

This year I have been fortunate to have attended two @PIPSQC meetings and have been asked to write about the second. For Tweeters, I have included Twitter handles (eg I am @S3bster).

Before I do, I should mention the awesome and inspiring speakers from around the world at the meeting on 15th April 2013. An overview of the event - hosted by Great Ormond Street Hospital, London - is here: http://ow.ly/ll0HO. In particular, the team from the Ghana Fives Alive programme blew me away! Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and using IHI improvement methodology, they have significantly reduced the under-five mortality. It is low tech and has spread across the country (http://goo.gl/YEFxV). [...]

Partnering With Parents to Save Children’s Lives

Author: Dale Ann Micalizzi

I was recently reminded of a team building activity, usually for youth, referred to as the "Trust Fall." You’ve heard of it, I’m sure. It’s where you place your arms across your chest, close your eyes and free fall backwards into the interlocking arms of your friends or team. Some may be reluctant to be the one falling or the one expected to catch. But the goal of the exercise is to build harmonious team spirit and trust. You can depend on me and I can depend on you…no matter what. A sports team often feels this deep connection and bond. My hope is for hospitals and healthcare organizations to feel that partnership and trust with their staff, patients and their families. [...]

Leadership and Pre-Occupation With Failure

Author: Jim Conway 

The CMO of a rural community healthcare system was pleased after kicking off a patient safety meeting with more than 100 front-line clinical, administrative and support staff.  The organization had shown a dramatic decline in serious adverse events and now the numbers for most months were very small.  The chart showing the downward trend was striking.  He was therefore stunned with the first comment from staff: “If that’s what you think then it is clear you don’t have any idea of what goes on in my unit every day.” [...]