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E1573. Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 101: A Guide for Radiologists and Trainees
Authors
  1. Mario Juliano; NYU Winthrop Hospital
  2. Omar Jawhar; NYU Winthrop Hospital
  3. Wendi Li; NYU Winthrop Hospital
  4. Cesar Alvarado; NYU Winthrop Hospital
  5. Jason Hoffmann; NYU Winthrop Hospital
Background
Patient safety (PS), performance improvement (PI), and quality improvement (QI) initiatives exist in every hospital. However, formal and longitudinal education about these topics has not been mandated in training programs until recently. Thus, trainees may not be adequately exposed to these concepts, why they are important, and how best to utilize in day-to-day practice.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
1. An understanding and working knowledge of key quality improvement (QI) and patient safety (PS) concepts and strategies is important for radiologists to maximize the quality of patient care. 2. Regular utilization of QI and PS concepts and integration into daily practice can improve patient satisfaction, safety, and overall workplace satisfaction.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
This exhibit reviews key PS and QI concepts and provides recommendations for successful implementation. Review the history of QI and PS in medicine, with a focus on radiology. Review concepts and models, including (but not limited to): the Donabedian model, the Deming model for continuous quality improvement, process maps, walking the Gemba, key driver diagram, Lean Six Sigma, and plan-do-study-act cycles. Relevant literature review is included, with radiology-specific examples. Recommendations and suggestions for strengthening QI programs and involving additional staff and trainees in the process are included.

Conclusion
It is crucial for radiologists and trainees to have adequate exposure to and training in patient safety and quality improvement concepts, why they are important, and how best to utilize in day-to-day practice.