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Changing Expectations

For years, many health care providers viewed a certain level of health care-associated infections as an acceptable result of care, especially in intensive care units. Research conducted at Johns Hopkins has shown that multifaceted interventions designed to help ensure adherence to evidence-based infection control guidelines using checklists and principles of teamwork and communication—combined with participation by organizational leadership and unit-based care teams—can eliminate certain health care associated infections.

Johns Hopkins’ experience has demonstrated that the organizational belief that “zero is possible” changes the mental mindset and culture of the organization as to what is achievable. Previously, for example, a 5 percent to 10 percent improvement was the goal. Such a goal simply requires incremental improvement efforts that arguably do not require fundamental changes in culture or practice. Aiming for zero requires innovation and culture change, which must have full participation from organizational leaders.

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Physician Involvement in Safety

Physician Involvement in SafetyWithout physician buy-in, patient safety efforts often fall flat. Read about one Hopkins hospitalist’s approach to earning providers’ support.

The Leadership Imperative

The Leadership ImperativeHospital leaders must model the behavior they want staff to adopt for patient safety, says the Center’s executive director. Read Chip Davis’ column.


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The Center for Innovation is now part of the new Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Learn more about the institute.


Please review training opportunities at the Armstrong Institute for a listing of upcoming workshops and online programs.

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