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Healthcare PlexusCall: If What You Are Doing Isn’t Working... Try Something Else
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When: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
1-2pm ET

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Healthcare PlexusCall
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Topic: If What You Are Doing Isn’t Working... Try Something Else

Guest: Michael Gardam

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Presentation: If What You Are Doing Isn't Working... Try Something Else (ppt)

Article: Front-Line Ownership: Generating a Cure Mindset for Patient Safety (pdf)

Michael Gardam is fiercely committed to patient safety.

In 2008, he and his colleagues at University Health Network in Toronto were increasingly frustrated by their lack of success in reducing the rise in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureaus (MRSA) and other hospital-acquired infections. Meeting colleagues from other hospitals who were part of a Positive Deviance MRSA Reduction initiative, sponsored by Plexus Institute and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michael was impressed by their stories of success and excited by their enthusiasm for their work.

Michael will join the call to share a story of learning, behavior change and successes that included five hospitals across Canada. You can learn more about their initiative in this recent article (pdf). Please bring your own voice and your experience to this call.

Michael Gardam, MSc, MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC

As Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network since 2001, and former Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control at the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (2008 – 2010), Michael has devoted his career to discovering and uncovering new ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare settings and the community.

He continues to champion the elimination of "superbugs” as Physician Director of the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association Canada (CHICA); as the National Lead of infection control collaboratives for Safer Healthcare Now! and through his pioneering efforts in the use of the behavioural change approaches, including ‘Positive Deviance’, to prevent healthcare associated infections. Michael also uses these approaches to help address other important patient safety issues such as preventing patient falls, pressure ulcers, and medication reconciliation.

Michael’s other passion is the treatment and epidemiology of tuberculosis.

He continues to run the TB clinic at Toronto Western Hospital, which he founded in 2000. He is an expert consultant (internationally) on several issues such as organizational behavioural change, infection prevention and control, and infectious diseases including Clostridium difficile, influenza, tuberculosis and hospital superbugs. Michael is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has published more than 90 scientific papers and book chapters.

Michael is a graduate of McGill University in Montréal and the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in infectious diseases.

Michael Gardam

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