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Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Section Newsletter - December 2012

The Chair’s Letter - December 2012

RichGriffeyAfter every Scientific Assembly, as we launch a new year for the section, it is helpful to look at what the QIPS section strives to achieve for its members and the college and to reflect on how we can build upon our accomplishments. The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Section of ACEP (QIPS Section) is dedicated to engaging our membership in improving the safety and quality of patient care on a local and national level.

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QIPS 2011-2012 Annual Report

The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Section (QIPS) continued to have an active year reaching out to its membership, generating safety and quality content, and advocating for strengthening our specialty’s involvement in quality and safety improvement in the nation’s emergency departments. The following is a report outlining important activities and accomplishments for the section.

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Residents Section Contribution


In the fall of 2008, the hospital infection control department identified the ED as the unit with the worst hand hygiene in the hospital -- only 56% compliance during monthly audits. This represented a tremendous opportunity for improvement so departmental leadership asked the QI committee to develop a program for hand hygiene improvement. We served as the attending and resident physician champions in a multi-stakeholder group that included nurses, infection prevention personnel, environmental services staff and other healthcare workers.

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QIPS TIPS# 17- The Medical Apology: Who and How?

Shari Welch

The concept of the medical apology and the surrounding debate over its place in clinical practice arose from accepting a truth that had long gone unacknowledged—Medicine is practiced and delivered by humans, and humans make mistakes; therefore, there are mistakes in medicine. The groundbreaking apology dialogue began in 1994 with Lucian Leape’s article “Error in Medicine.” 

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Editor's Note

TurelliIn this newest edition of the Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (QIPS) Newsletter, we are excited to share with our members the QIPS Section Annual Report and QIPS Section Minutes from the 2012 Scientific Assembly that took place in Denver, CO. Some of the highlights of this year’s Scientific Assembly QIPS events were presentations by Drs. Farley, Schurr and Pines. Dr. Heather Farley gave a summary and QIPS update to the members, while Dr. Jeremiah Schuur, current Chair of the Quality & Performance committee, presented an overview of the committee’s activities. This was followed by a presentation from Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE, FACEP on “Quality and Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine in the Era of Health Reform.”

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QIPS 2012 Annual Section Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Denver, CO
Sheraton Denver Downtown
Tower Court C, Tower - Second Level

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NEW QIPS Website Updates

Drew FullerThe QIPS website has been updated and redesigned to better serve our member’s needs. While it is a work in progress, the intention is for the site to be a collective resource for QIPS members across the country. Members of the section are encouraged to contribute ideas, content, links, and resources. New content sections include...

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