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Please note all HIIN past event recordings have been added to the HIIN Resource Library and the HIIN YouTube channel.

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HRET HIIN CAUTI | Culturing Practices Matter: Spotlight on Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

Topic: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
Webinar: June 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am (CT)

The June 27th CAUTI virtual event will continue with the theme of exploring the complex paradoxes that hospitals face around preventing CAUTI. Join the event, "Culturing Practices Matter: Spotlight on Asymptomatic Bacteriuria" to learn the impact on your patients and organization when inappropriate ordering of urine specimens and subsequent treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria exists. Explore front line and behind-the-scenes systems to successfully alter culture-ordering patterns.

Noted national infection prevention expert, Robert Garcia, BS, MT (ASCP), CIC, FAPIC, will join the event to discuss what is driving inappropriate ordering and culturing to understand how to break the cycle. Mr. Garcia will then propose system level solutions for urine culture management that can reliably alter culturing patterns and positively impact CAUTI, MDRO and CDI rates.

The event will highlight a peer hospital that has successfully tackled these complex issues, resisting the urge to do urine cultures on admission, reflex cultures in the Emergency Department, etc... In order to be good stewards of culturing.


MOST WANTED: Guidance to Prevent Surgical Site Infections in the Era of “Unresolved Issues”

Topic: Surgical Site Infection (SSI)
Webinar: June 29, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

Are you struggling with providing your surgical team with practical and evidence-based guidance? The recently released CDC HICPAC Guidelines for the prevention of SSI's is the first update since publication of the 1999 SSI prevention guidelines. These new guidelines are based upon randomized controlled trials that were published prior to 2015, and as a result, many practices are listed as 'unresolved' or 'no recommendation.'

Seeking to assist front line staff, The Wisconsin Division of Public Health (WDPH) convened content experts. These experts developed a guideline document to enhance, not replace, the CDC HICPAC SSI Prevention Guidelines.

The WDPH document provides enhanced guidance on the following and more:

  • Antimicrobial prophylaxis
  • Glycemic control
  • Normothermia
  • Oxygenation
  • Antiseptic prophylaxis
In addition, it includes recommendations for staphylococcal surveillance and a "surgical bundle."

We are extremely fortunate that one of these experts, Gwen Borlaug, MPH, CIC, will be featured during the HRET HIIN SSI webinar on June 29th from 10am-11am CT. We suggest you review the comprehensive and highly practical guidance tool in advance of the session so that you will be prepared to participate in the open-mic portion of the webinar. Come with your questions and comments. Let's have an "intellectual food fight!"


HRET HIIN QI Fellowship | Creating a Culture of Safety

Topic: Culture of Safety
Webinar: June 30, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm (CT)

In hospitals across the US, creating a culture of safety can seem like a daunting and near impossible task requiring more resources than you have, human behavior change, and process redesign that feels like it could take years. We know that there is no singe "silver bullet" for developing a culture that is safe for both patients and staff, but we believe that improvement science can help us get one-step closer to just and fair environment that focuses on the challenges at a system level instead of the individual.

Many of the QI Fellows have asked for a session to dive deeper, focusing on the Framework for Safe and Reliable Care to build a fair and just culture, and we are thrilled to offer this one-hour session with Frank Federico, RPh, a vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and leader of IHI's work in patient safety. This session will start with a brief presentation by Frank and will then turn to answer your questions. You may submit questions in advance here of ask them live. Please join us for this important session to learn more about shifting the culture at your hospital.


HRET HIIN Sepsis Virtual Event

Topic: Sepsis
Webinar: July 6, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm (CT)

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HRET HIIN Falls | Hit the Wall on Falls? Time to Recalibrate!

Topic: Falls
Webinar: July 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm (CT)

What do you do when you have hit the wall, plateaued or experienced an increase in falls? Join the July 11th Falls Virtual Event to learn how to dissect your falls program to regroup and re-calibrate. Amy Hester PhD, RN, BC, Director of Nursing Research and Innovation at UAMS Medical Center, and Chief Scientific Officer for HD Nursing, will review the common sense key elements that need to be examined to determine how to intervene to revive a stagnant falls and how care planning can fall short. She will shine light on common mistakes that make a program unsustainable. Dr. Hester will challenge participants to go back to the basics to evaluate the effectiveness of current tools and workflows, rather than adding more interventions that further dilute the effectiveness of their work. Participants will share which risk and care planning tools, as well as electronic health record systems, they are currently using to promote peer sharing.


HRET HIIN QI Fellowship: Foundations for Change | Be the Coach!

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: July 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

Coaching in it's truest sense is giving the responsibility to the learner to help them come up with their own answers." - Vince Lombardi
The role of coach is as we participate in teams to improve the care of our patients and as we build a foundation for many improvers. Many of us look back on great experiences in our lives and often they include a coach. Coaching is a deliberate calling and there are key concepts we want to discuss so that we can best coach each other. Join us on July 14th!


HRET HIIN Accelerating Improvement Fellowship | A Framework for Patient Safety

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: July 12, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm (CT)

Have you ever thought about the impact of your organization's culture or system on the experience of patients and families? Frank Federico, Vice President at IHI, will explore the newly developed framework for safe, reliable, and effective care through the lens of two domains: culture and the learning system. Additionally, we will define and share implementation strategies of the nine components- leadership, psychological safety, accountability, teamwork and communication, negotiation, transparency, reliability, improvement and measurement, and continuous learning- and how they interact in our respective systems. Central to this work (and the Framework) are patients and families, and we will leave you with strategies for engaging them in this work. Many of you are deep into your improvement projects running PSDA cycles and collecting data that will lead to improvement towards your aim, but let's come up for air and think about the bigger picture- how will your project impact your organization's move towards a "system of safety"?


HRET HIIN Readmissions | Reduce Readmissions Fishbowl Series 3

Topic: Readmissions
Webinar: July 13, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

Join us for the third installment of the readmissions fishbowl series where you will hear what's happened since the second fishbowl on June 15th at the fishbowl hospitals. The aim of the reducing readmissions fishbowl series is to provide customized continuous improvement coaching to the hospitals that are participating in the "fishbowl" and the opportunity for attendees to learn these hospitals', applying key takeaways and strategies in their organizations'.

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HRET HIIN PFE Fellowship Coaching Call

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: July 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
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HRET HIIN Rural/CAH Affinity Group Virtual Event

Topic: Rural and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH)
Webinar: July 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm (CT)

Readmission reduction can be hard to come by if you have already picked your low hanging fruit. Taking improvement to the next level will require the next tier of sophistication - a data driven approach looking at your "BIG" and small data. Join the CAH Rural Affinity Group Event on July 17th at 1:10pm CT for a practical approach to using data to identify high-leverage opportunities to drive improvement. Learn from HRET HIIN fellows who have pulled and analyzed "BIG" data and "small" data to find surprising information that led to overall reductions of readmissions in their organization. In an environment limited by scarce resources, choosing the right path for improvement and partnerships is key!

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HRET HIIN PFE Fellowship | Overcoming Challenges, Barriers and Celebrating Successes

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: July 19, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
It can be hard to see your successes while trying to make improvements. Over the ;last few months, what has worked and what hasn't In this session, we will explore with you how you have overcome challenges and barriers and how to make sure that you are celebrating the successes.


HRET HIIN ADE | Opioid Safety Fishbowl Series 3

Topic: Adverse Drug Event (ADE)
Webinar: July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
The intended audience is for hospital teams working to reduce ADEs due to opioids.

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HRET HIIN PFE Fellowship | Final Report and Sustainability

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: August 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

The fellowship is just about over. What have you learned? What has surprised you? What would you have done differently? How do you keep the work going? It is time to think how you will share your teams' experiences and the implementation and lessons learned. This session will focus on the Final Report and how to sustain the work that you've done in the last few months.


HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Foundational Track Virtual Event

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: August 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Accelerating Improvement Track Virtual Event

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: August 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN Readmissions | Reduce Readmissions Fishbowl Series 4

Topic: Readmissions
Webinar: August 10, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN VTE Virtual Event

Topic: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
Webinar: August 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

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HRET HIIN PFE Fellowship Coaching Call

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: August 18, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
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HRET HIIN PFE Fundamentals | Session #5: Using Stories to Impact Change

Topic: Patient and Family Engagement (PFE)
Webinar: August 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

Whether it is your very first meeting with a brand new PFAC, or the 100th with a well-seasoned PFAC, it is important to take the time to prepare meetings and innovate engagement. Early meetings may benefit from presentations such as getting to know leadership, an overview of a process or bringing the council a question or material to review. These presentations help to build a sense of community while educating your PFAC members. As the PFAC or PFE structure matures, there are opportunities to prepare PFAs on health care committees or work-groups. This session will focus on all the different structures that can be used to engage PFAs, discuss projects in which PFAs can be involved and how to manage feedback.

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HRET HIIN ADE | Opioid Safety Fishbowl Series 4

Topic: Adverse Drug Event (ADE)
Webinar: August 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
The intended audience is for hospital teams working to reduce ADEs due to opioids. More details to come.

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HRET HIIN PFE Fellowship Coaching Call

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: September 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
More details to follow.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Foundational Track Virtual Event

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: September 13, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Accelerating Improvement Track Virtual Event

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: September 13, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN Readmissions | Reduce Readmissions Fishbowl Series 5

Topic: Readmissions
Webinar: September 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN ADE | Opioid Safety Fishbowl Series 5

Topic: Adverse Drug Event (ADE)
Webinar: September 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
The intended audience is for hospital teams working to reduce ADEs due to opioids. More details to come.

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HIIN QI Fellowship Foundational Track Virtual Event

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: October 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Accelerating Improvement Track Virtual Event

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: October 11, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Foundational Track Virtual Event

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: November 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Accelerating Improvement Track Virtual Event

Topic: Fellowships
Webinar: November 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm (CT)
Details to follow.

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