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J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2017 May 23. pii: S1053-0770(17)30516-5. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2017.05.038. [Epub ahead of print]

Engaging the Front Line: Tapping into Hospital-Wide Quality and Safety Initiatives.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Electronic address:
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD.


Healthcare increasingly is moving from volume- to value-based care, with an emphasis on linking a larger percentage of payments to the quality of care provided. There is a renewed interest in designing a focused, strategic approach to quality and safety education and engagement of trainees in hospital-wide quality, safety, and patient experience initiatives. Hospitals, trainees, and patients benefit as a result of engaging frontline learners in these activities. Hospitals can leverage the intelligence from the front line to contribute to improved hospital safety, increased employee and patient engagement, and better identification of vulnerable areas of safety risks. Trainees benefit from increased engagement by acquiring fundamentals in quality and safety; are able to satisfy Clinical Learning Environment Review recommendations; have an opportunity to practice a number of skill sets (leadership, communication, collaboration); and complete quality and safety hands-on projects. Patients benefit from a more engaged work force, safer environment for their healthcare, and an improved overall experience. In this article, the current state of the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine's efforts to engage its front line in quality, safety, and patient experience initiatives that are in evolutionary phases of implementation is presented. Evolutionary concepts relate to the Johns Hopkins Health System and the aim of its training program to continuously improve and innovate.


educational curriculum; experiential learning; graduate medical education; patient experience; patient safety; quality

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