The quality revolution  pg. 3

This trend away from the business-model culture of competition and toward a culture of sharing and transparency is well timed. According to a December 2009 report by the state health department, Tennessee’s central line infection rates in both adults and children in 2008 exceeded the national averages.

The report noted that actions as simple as careful hand washing can greatly reduce the risk for infection, yet evidence-based plans to implement such precautions have been frustratingly difficult to implement across all hospitals.

Saunders hopes TIPQC’s program, based on coordinated sharing of quality improvement programs, will be the first to succeed in a big way.

“It is exciting because we should be learning from each others mistakes and successes,” Saunders says. “Some people might not have the staff and people to do what we did with the California plan, so we break it down and help them along the way.”

“The time is right,” adds Grubb. “We have had multiple opportunities to do the right things in the past and failed to take them. But the culture is changing. Now we’re taking those opportunities.”

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