Laura L. Morlock

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether implementation of the Michigan Keystone ICU project, a comprehensive statewide quality improvement initiative focused on reduction of infections, was associated with reductions in hospital mortality and length of stay for adults aged 65 or more admitted to intensive care units. DESIGN Retrospective comparative study, using(More)
Use of patient safety reporting systems (PSRS) to identify and mitigate risks to patients who are harmed by medical care has been a national priority for nearly a decade. Yet, most reporting systems are still new and focus on reporting events. To improve the value of PSRS, we must use the data to identify safety hazards, prioritize where to focus resources,(More)
INTRODUCTION This study examined disaster preparedness, risk perception, and their association in rural hospitals in the United States. The focus of disaster preparedness largely has been centered on urban areas, in part because of the perception that more concentrated areas have an increased risk of a disastrous event. Therefore, it was hypothesized that(More)
A b s t r a c t In an effort to improve patient safety, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University designed and implemented a comprehensive Web-based Intensive Care Unit Safety Reporting System (ICUSRS). The ICUSRS collects data about adverse events and near misses from all staff in the ICU. This report reflects data on 854 reports from 18 diverse ICUs(More)
A b s t r a c t In an effort to improve patient safety, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University designed and implemented a comprehensive Web-based Intensive Care Unit Safety Reporting System (ICUSRS). The ICUSRS collects data about adverse events and near misses from all staff in the ICU. This report reflects data on 854 reports from 18 diverse ICUs(More)
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