Healthcare process improvement contributes to decrease in infection rates
"It's process improvement and culture development and systems of care that constantly are re-evaluated," said Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, as quoted by the news source.
Not all of the report's findings were as positive, however. For instance, Massachusetts saw a higher-than-expected number of infections among hysterectomy patients. The state set up a team that included representatives from several hospitals to examine the issue, identify its causes and establish a process improvement initiative to lower rates of infection, the Globe reports.
Elsewhere in the country, Decorah, Iowa-based Winneshiek Medical Center recently brought in a new performance improvement engineer to assist in reaching its goal of reducing waste while boosting efficiency, according to The Decorah Newspapers.
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