HRET receives contracts to improve surgical, primary care
January 25, 2013
The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) affiliate will help implement a national surgical safety program and develop training to strengthen primary care teamwork under two new contracts awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The first project will implement a proven surgical safety checklist, and adapt and implement cultural changes to improve ambulatory surgery safety. It will adapt the Comprehensive Unitbased Safety Program (CUSP), which has been used to reduce other healthcare-associated infections, and apply it to reduce surgical site infections and other surgical complications.
The practice of using checklists is borrowed from high-risk industries such as aviation and nuclear power, where checklists have been tested in simulated settings and shown to improve performance duringunpredictablecrisis
events.The second HRET project will develop a national training kit for implementing Team Strategiesand Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) in the primary care setting based on the recently developed TeamSTEPPS primary care office module.
“These contracts are further demonstration of the continued work and success of HRET and AHA to advance patient care and promote best care practices,” said Maulik Joshi, HRET president and AHA senior vice president for research.