A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that despite adherence to venous thromboembolism prevention protocols, high-quality hospitals had higher VTE rates than low-quality hospitals. Low-quality hospitals reported 4.8 blood clots per 1,000 surgery patients while high-quality hospitals noted 6.4 blood clots per 1,000 surgery patients. The results challenge some policymakers' suggestion to use a hospital's blood clot rate as an indicator of the facility's quality of care.
Companies typically make front-line decisions carefully and scientifically but fail to bring the same level of rigor and oversight to top-level decisions and strategic planning, says author Dan Heath. Firms need to find ways to ensure executives aren't being unduly swayed by emotion, office politics or visuals, Heath says. "Pursue good decisions at the top of the organization as relentlessly as you do on the front line," he says.
Qantas gives business-class fliers smaller-plate options with meals prepared by chef Neil Perry. Many of these premium-class passengers have eaten in the lounge prior to takeoff, so a smaller meal works.
Students have more access to Advanced Placement courses because of online learning, as 18% of schools that offer AP include an online option. As a result, officials are starting to examine online AP content and how it is delivered to students. Some educators say some AP content still is best delivered in-person and in small classroom settings, but others point out that many students would not have access to such courses without the online option.