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Yesterday, the Blog of the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) posted a video interview with ETC Director Ramanan Laxminarayan. The post is part of a series on the INQRI Blog commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the groundbreaking IOM Report “To Err Is Human,” which revolutionized any discussion of health care quality in the United States and brought to light the magnitude of the problem of medical errors. The series looks at how the report changed the practice of medicine in the United States and what challenges lie ahead.

The interview with Ramanan is featured below as well:  

Here, Dr. Laxminarayan discusses strategies to address hospital-acquired Infections (HAIs). Certain efforts to date have been successful. For example, checklists have been associated with a significant drop in central-line bloodstream infections. The challenge is figuring out how to permanently change hospital cultures and structure incentives to reduce HAIs—because despite certain successes, there’s no conclusive evidence that overall rates of HAIs have decreased substantially in recent years.