IHI launches new Improvement Map tool

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has launched the Improvement Map, a new free, online tool to assist hospitals to improve hospital quality, organize improvement efforts, and get the information they need to get started. As of September 2009, the Improvement Map contains 70 patient care and organizational processes that both experience and evidence suggest will lead to better outcomes.

According to the IHI website, the Improvement Map will help hospitals improve patient care by focusing on an essential set of process improvements needed to achieve the highest levels of performance in the areas that matter most to patients.  The Improvement Map is designed to help enable hospital leaders to distill from hundreds of requirements and measurements their own change agenda, and will help establish priorities, organize work, and optimize resources.

The Improvement Map will cover the entire landscape of outstanding hospital care.  In addition to the 12 interventions from the 100,000 Lives and 5 Million Lives Campaigns, the IHI is including three new interventions (WHO checklist, catheter-associated UTIs, and engaging the CFO).  Accordingly, the Improvement Map is chartered with 15 interventions:

Interventions from the 100,000 Lives Campaign

1. Deploy Rapid Response Teams

2. Prevent Adverse Drug Events (Medication Reconciliation)

3. Improve Care for Acute Myocardial Infarction

4. Prevent Surgical Site Infections

5. Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

6. Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Interventions from the 5,000,000 lives campaign:

7. Prevent Pressure Ulcers

8. Reduce Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infection

9. Prevent Harm from High-Alert Medications

10. Reduce Surgical Complications

11. Deliver Reliable, Evidence-Based Care for Congestive Heart Failure

12. Get Boards on Board

Interventions new to the Improvement Map

13. WHO Surgical Safety Checklist (New)

14. Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections  (New)

15. Link Quality and Financial Management: Strategies to Engage the Chief Financial Officer and Provide Value for Patients (New)

Click here http://twitter.com/ImprovementMap to see the IHI Improvement Map on twitter.

(SOURCE: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, http://hih.org, accessed September 21, 2009)