May 28, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Substandard Patient Care on the “Graveyard Shift”

Today, The Wall Street Journal ran an article titled: “Hospitals Move to Reduce Risk of Night Shift.”

The article gave several strategies that a few hospitals are implementing to reduce the risk of errors and improve patient care after hours. This comes as the industry discovers that patients who are treated on the back shift have a higher rates of complications, medical errors, and deaths.

If you are interested in taking effective action to improve patient care and reduce medical errors, you should be considering attending the TapRooT® Summit in Las Vegas on June 25-27 and the pre-Summit Course: TapRooT® and FMEA for Healthcare Root Cause Analysis.

What does the Summit have to offer those in the fight to improve patient care, reduce patient risk, and reduce medical errors? Several unique sessions and opportunities.

First, the Medical Error Reduction Best Practice Track offers eight discussion/best practice sharing sessions to help healthcare professionals learn to stop errors and improve performance. One of the sessions, “The Human Design Spec: Minimizing Error While Working in a 24/7 Medical Environment” is being chaired by Bill Sirois, VP and COO of Circadian Technologies. This session will tackle the issues presented in The Wall Street Journal article and help healthcare quality improvement professionals develop plans to improve night shift operations.

Other Medical Error Reduction Best Practice Track sessions include:

  • Morbidity & Mortality Reviews (Hot Case Rounds) – Dr. Jonny Griggs, MD
  • Measuring Performance – Dr. Joel Haight
  • Process for Running a Healthcare Root Cause Analysis – Tommy Garnett & David Davis
  • TapRooT® User Success Stories from Healthcare & Industry – Linda Unger
  • Improving Patient Safety & Reducing Risk Go Hand-in-Hand – Leilani Kicklighter
  • “Outside of the Box” Creative Solutions – Michele Lindsay
  • Senior Executive Involvement in Safety – Dave Prewitt and Darby Alan

In addition to these Best Practices Sessions, participants will also hear from five Keynote Speakers and participate in a session to help develop an improvement plan for their facility.

Second, this is not just a healthcare related conference. The Summit brings performance improvement professionals from a variety of industries from around-the-world together under one roof. So in addition to networking with healthcare quality improvement, risk management, and patient safety professionals, participants from the healthcare industry will meet improvement professionals from the aviation, nuclear power, mining, oil, manufacturing, rail, and other industries. This means that participants from the healthcare industry can learn advanced practices that have been proven in other industries to help them leapfrog ahead in their improvement efforts.

Third, before the Summit, there is a course for healthcare professionals that is designed to give them advanced tools for root cause analysis and FMEA using the TapRooT® System. The course, TapRooT® and FMEA for Healthcare Root Cause Analysis, is taught by two award winning TapRooT® Instructors, David Davis and Tommy Garnett. Both have with extensive healthcare industry experience leading root cause analyses of sentinel events.

One more item to note is that participants in both the pre-Summit Course and the Summit get a $200 discount off the combined Course/Summit registration fee. And there are additional discounts for registering 3 or more participants at once.

For more information and registration, see:

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