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In the Spotlight
The Potential Pitfalls of Improvement Tools
Tools are useful when working to become a high-reliability organization, but they also have their downsides. In a short video on IHI's YouTube channel, IHI CEO Kedar Mate explains.
A QI Program to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries
In a BMJ Open Quality
article, IHI faculty Poonam Gupta and co-authors describe how Heart Hospital in Qatar collaborated with IHI to implement evidence-based practices in all inpatient units to reduce pressure ulcers. The interventions successfully reduced the incidence of pressure injuries by more than 80 percent, outcomes which were sustained over a four-year period.
How Improvement Science Can Meet the Moment (or Miss the Mark)
Improvement science can fuel solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in health care, argues IHI President and CEO Dr. Kedar Mate. However, we must be willing to question our assumptions. He says, “Without consciously designing for equity, we run the risk of reinforcing inequitable systems.”
The Multiplying Effect of Improvement Science
"Sometimes, the experience of learning how to make change empowers [people] to become advocates as well as improvers," writes IHI Director Jafet Arrieta. She believes in the potential for using improvement methods to not only transform health systems, but entire societies — because she has seen firsthand the multiplying and catalyzing effect of improvement science.