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Superbug Prevention plus Enduring Cultural Change with Liberating Structures
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Superbug Prevention plus Enduring Cultural Change with Liberating Structures
Guests: Keith McCandless and Erika Bailey

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Liberating Structures (LS) are designed to include and unleash everyone in shaping their future and responding to challenges. When a group of Canadian hospitals needed to reduce their rates of healthcare-associated infections, they used Liberating Structures to engage frontline workers and managers. Keith McCandless and Erika Bailey have served as coaches and advisors in superbug prevention studies and improvement initiatives.

They will join the call to talk about how they worked with clinicians, staff, volunteers and patients to prevent the transmission of infections. Initial efforts in pilot study hospitals reduced infection rates 40-100% across sites. With this success and media attention, LS approaches have spread to other safety and quality challenges across Canada.

For more information, the CBC news show "The National” features project director Dr. Michael Gardam and hospital leaders in the research study. The segment is called, "Germ War: one of Canada's leading infection control experts has started a simple but unorthodox project that's getting incredible results in the battle against hospital infections.” The segment was aired on March 19, 2012.

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Like Wikipedia, LS create simple rules to guide and liberate everyone’s contributions. Wikipedia’s must-dos and must-not dos specify how anyone can write articles, edit content, reach consensus about the facts, and share with attribution. This structure makes it possible for a diverse community to generate and sustain accurate content that compares favorably with professionally edited encyclopedias.LS function in an analogous way in health organizations. With LS microstructures, everyone is invited to contribute new ideas and actions to prevent superbug transmissions.

Join us to hear about the innovative approach in Canada, how other healthcare organizations joined in, and the results--infections prevented and lives saved. Please bring your voice and your experiences to this important conversation.

Keith McCandless, founding partner of the Social Invention Group in Seattle, is a consultant with expertise in innovating by including and unleashing everyone. He has codeveloped Liberating Structures (LS), a set of 33 methods that make it easy for groups of people to be creative, adaptable, build on each other’s ideas, and get better than expected results. LS are inspired by complexity science, design thinking, and field experience. He calls himself a structured improvisationalist. Keith has served on the governing boards of the Plexus Institute and has a Masters degree from the Heller School for Advance Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University in Boston.In the last seven years, Keith engaged in three initiatives: Liberating Structuresin Latin America, Canada, the US and Europe; theInnovation Learning Network (including large health systems in the US & UK); and, preventing the spread of "superbugs” in the US and Canada. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Erika Lee Bailey is a facilitator and Chief Change Artist at Erika Lee Bailey and Associates. She has over a decade of experience working with groups as a teacher, intervention designer, facilitator, and consultant. Erika has designed and delivered programs, interventions and large-scale problem solving in complex and adaptive organizations across multiple sectors. Her expertise includes front-line change and innovation processes, experiential learning, and emergent facilitative processes. Erika is a faculty member and coach in the Safer Healthcare Now! Stop Infections Now Collaborative (SINC), and was a site coach in the highly successful Canadian Positive Deviance Project and the Safer Healthcare Now! New Approach to Controlling Superbugs. Erika has also been a professional musician for two decades, and has been heard on broadcasts, recordings, and on the concert stage across Canada. Erika holdsa Masters in Human Systems Intervention and several artistic performance and teaching diplomas.

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