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Eliminating preventable harms in the ICU

ICU Care Redesign

Creating a health care environment free from harms.

Each year, five million people in the U.S. are hospitalized in one of the most complex and costly settings in health care: the intensive care unit (ICU). During their stay, there is significant risk of experiencing preventable harms - from infections and delirium to medical errors and a loss of dignity and respect. 

These harms shouldn't happen. Yet the ICU, and other hospital settings, are not optimally designed to prevent these harms from occurring. Evidence-based practices are not always put into action, data is not always converted into knowledge at the point of care, communication gaps occur across the clinical care team and hospital rooms and processes are not engineered well. As a result, clinicians are not able to consistently deliver the quality of care patients and their families need or want.

Our goal is to change this by partnering with experts inside and outside the health profession to tackle the complexities of our health care delivery system. 

We are working with some of the most progressive medical centers recognized for their work in patient safety, and we are pairing them with engineering and technology institutions known for transforming industries. Together, they are developing and testing new technologies and approaches that will alter how care is delivered so that we can eliminate preventable harms.

 

Recent Grants

$5,381,260.00 Nov 2013 Optimizing ICU Safety through Patient Engagement, System Science and Information Technology Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
$1,985,875.00 Jul 2013 Transforming the Acute Care and Oncology Environment Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice
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Team

Paul R. Gray, Ph.D., Interim President and Interim Chief Program Officer, Patient Care Program

In addition to his roles as interim president and interim chief program officer for the foundation's Patient Care Program, Paul serves as vice chair of the foundation's Board of Trustees.   Paul …

Loren Pogir, Managing Director, Patient Care Program

Loren is the managing director for the foundation's Patient Care Program. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the chief operating officer of the BlackRock Investment Institute at BlackRock, the w…