Despite its frequency and its potential severity, preventable medical harm is still prominent in American hospitals and continues to put an alarming amount of lives at risk, being the third leading cause of death in the United States. Even some of the most commonly performed surgeries, such as knee and hip replacements, are resulting in a rapidly increasing rate of surgical site infections.
Patricia Morrill’s book is specifically written for the healthcare industry. It fills the need for exposing how preventable harm is a systemwide problem and provides a step-by-step model to apply for raising process improvement to a strategic level. The approach is ideal for team training purposes. The Perils of Un-Coordinated Healthcare gives the reader both a personal and professional view of the impact of preventable medical harm, using case studies and observations on preventable deaths and healthcare practice alongside recommended research topics and resources. By looking at the work of both healthcare workers and their managing executives, this instructional text gives methods to assess workforces and self-assess the performances of managers. The book equips readers with a 360 view: patients, families, physicians, workforce, leaders and culture.
Morrill’s ten-step model of Process Improvement Strategy Deployment integrates Lean and Project Management methodologies for developing a problem-solving culture and initiating process improvement at a strategic level. It is essential reading for those in the healthcare industry.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Perils of Un-Coordinated Healthcare
1. A Case Study: The Impact of Preventable Harm
2. Discussion Topics
3. Human Factors: The Impact of the Workplace
Part Two. A Strategic Approach Toward Eliminating Preventable Harm
4. Leading Change
5. A Guide to Process Improvement Strategy Deployment
6. Instruction on Leading Improvement
Patricia W. Morrill is a project management professional, Lean and Six Sigma certified, and accredited in Evidence-Based Design. She is the president of PM Healthcare Consulting, LLC, where she partners with executives to provide comprehensive coaching and training to lead change and raise process improvement to a strategic level.