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News and information for alumni and future participants of the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Educational Educational Program


CS&E News is published quarterly by the Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Education Program (CS&E).

The objectives of the CS&E program is to optimize the culture of clinical safety and effectiveness at MD Anderson by demonstrating improvements with projects, coordinating administrative and medical knowledge, developing leaders with a common understanding and future vision of clinical safety and effectiveness and to develop methods for organizational learning.

CS&E News has been developed to support these goals, offering information for and about program alumni and future participants.

Featured Story

CS&E Project on Smart Sponge Technology
Throughout the history of the CS&E program, results from projects have been published in journals and subject of news articles following graduation of the team. This project from the Perioperative Enterpise is one that stirred interest before the team completed the course in Session 12.

Fall 2009

In this issue:
Kaplan Lecture to Kick Off Celebrating Improvement
Gary Kaplan, M.D., chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Hospital, will be the featured speaker for the September 30 Celebrating Improvements at M. D. Anderson program and poster reception honoring improvement programs at M. D. Anderson.

Clancy, Chassin Plenary Speakers at UT System Conference
Dr. Carolyn Clancy of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Dr. Mark R. Chassin of The Joint Commission will be the plenary speakers for the first University of Texas System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Conference in Austin, Oct. 15-16.

Eddy Lecture on Evidence-Based Guidelines Set Nov. 17
Physician-mathematician David Eddy returns to M. D. Anderson Nov. 17 for an all day learning experience about use of evidence-based guidelines for alumni of the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness program.

CS&E Project on Smart Sponge Technology
As part of our Clinical Safety and Effectiveness educational program, a team of surgeons, nurses and performance improvement experts within Perioperative Enterprise is currently testing the impact and cost-effectiveness of the ClearCount SmartSponge System, which is able to electronically identify and count surgical sponges, towels and laps.