Here’s a video interview with Dr. Peter Pronovost, author of the book Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out, via AARP.
It’s a brief synopsis of the patient safety and quality problem and some of the basics of how checklists (and proper management of them) can dramatically reduce infections. What happens when a nurse sees a doctor NOT following the checklist? Would the nurses speak up?
“Everyone agrees we should use the checklist, but arrogance gets in the way and it leads to 31,000 deaths a year from central line associated blood stream infections.”
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.