The Chair’s Letter
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Washington University School of MedicineThis quarter’s newsletter comes as summer has already winded down, the kids are back at school, and we approach a mid-year restart – pondering the year ahead and priorities for our work. We are looking forward to ACEP13 in Seattle, WA and are making plans for our annual meeting, which will take place Tuesday October 15, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Cirrus Room, 35th Floor of the Sheraton Hotel.
ACEP and Urgent Matters Present: Emergency Care Quality Improvement in the Era of Public Accountability
ACEP and Urgent Matters invite you to attend an important quality improvement conference featuring two panels on Policy, Quality and Patient Safety and Innovations and Best Practices as well as a keynote address from Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Performance Measures, National Quality Forum.Read More »
Reflections on being a QI Director for over 30 Years
Helmut Meisl MD, FACEPOnce upon a time many years ago, I was accepted as a new member at my regular ED. Following the custom at this department, the most junior member was assigned the task of QI person, Director was not the title. I readily accepted this position as I was keen on working at this ED, and the prior QI person was all to glad to rid himself of this chore.Read More »
QIPS TIPS #21: Like a Rockstar!
Shari Welch, MD, FACEPThere is a large body of research which provides strong evidence that hospitals are loud environments with noise levels far-exceeding that recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO guidelines specify 35 decibels (dB) for continuous background noise in patient rooms with nighttime peaks not to exceed 40 dB. Hospital background noise levels exceed those levels and peaks frequently exceed 90 dB.Read More »
Choosing a High-Impact Resident or Student Quality Project and Getting it Published
John J. Kelly DO, FACEP, FAAEM, FCPPThe current ACGME mandate for residents to "develop, implement, and assess a project to improve care in the ED, such as a clinical pathway, a patent satisfaction survey, or improvement of a recognized problem area.... each resident should be given the opportunity to monitor their own patient care performance improvement indicators" has led all academic faculty to search for new strategies for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) topics and studies.Read More »