Attaining Patient Safety by Enabling Rapid Cycle Improvement to be Explored in Upcoming Patient Safety Webinar

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Panelists on this National Quality Forum convened National Priorities Partnership webinar will discuss how to implement rapid cycle improvement strategies while highlighting specific tools, resources, and models of care that participants can use to reduce harm and readmissions in their own organizations.

Registration is now open for a new patient safety webinar, “Attaining Patient Safety through Rapid Cycle Improvement.” Panelists will discuss how to implement rapid cycle improvement strategies while highlighting specific tools, resources, and models of care that participants can use to reduce harm and readmissions in their own organizations.

The webinar builds on the recent national Partnership for Patients-National Priorities Partnership (NPP) Patient Safety Webinar Series that supports front line providers in achieving the Partnership for Patients goals of decreasing hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and preventable hospital readmissions by 20% by the end of 2013.

“Attaining Patient Safety through Rapid Cycle Improvement” extends key themes established during the first part of the ongoing series hosted by NPP—which is convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF)—and the Department of Health and Human Services. This interactive webinar will take place on Thursday, February 23, at 1:00 pm ET. During the webinar, participants will share implementation strategies for creating a culture of safety, tips for building workforce capacity, and examples of technology driving change and reducing readmissions. Advance registration for the event is recommended and is available now online (

The webinar will feature speakers:

  •     Lillee Smith Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN, vice president and chief nursing officer, VHA Inc.
  •     Christian Sullivan, RN, BSN, director of quality, Eastern Wisconsin Division of Hospital Sisters Health System
  •     The Nursing team at Redington-Fairview General Hospital:

o    Sherry Rogers, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer
o    Norma Munn, RN-BC, BSN, medical surgical nurse manager
o    Susannah Warner, RN-BC, medical surgical charge and staff nurse

Participants will be able to interact with the speakers through live chat, and web polling questions will provide real-time information about efforts currently underway in hospitals to successfully use tools, resources and care models to enable rapid cycle improvement.

With each of these sessions, national experts along with front-line providers will present effective solutions and provide a follow-up discussion about how to realize these solutions at both the local and national level. The webinar series will be available for audio streaming free of charge. Space is limited, and advance registration is recommended to ensure real-time participation. All webinars will be recorded, archived, and made available on NQF’s website after each event.

Archived webinars include (

  •     “An Overview of the Partnership for Patients and Getting Started in Your Organization”
  •     “Reducing Admissions Through Care Transitions”
  •     “Preventing Adverse Drug Events”
  •     “Reducing Infections in the Intensive Care Unit”
  •     “Decreasing Surgical Site Infections”
  •     “Preventing Pressure Ulcers and Falls in Healthcare Settings”
  •     “Addressing Obstetrical Adverse Events”
  •     “Averting Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)”
  •     “Engaging Patients and Their Families”
  •     “Getting Your Board on Board”
  •     "Creating and Sustaining Successful Multidisciplinary Teams within Your Organization"
  •     “Creating and Sustaining Successful Partnerships between Hospitals and Community Organizations”

Learn more about this webinar series and register ( for the “Using Tools to Enable Rapid Cycle Improvement within Your Organization” event. To learn more about the Partnership for Patients pledge, please visit its website. Learn about other activities and programs at NQF to enhance patient safety.

The National Priorities Partnership, convened by the National Quality Forum, is a multi-stakeholder group including organizations representing the interests of consumers, purchasers, healthcare providers and professionals, state-based associations, community collaborative and regional alliances, government agencies, health plans, accreditation and certification bodies, and supplier and industry groups. To learn more, please visit:


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