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Transforming Care at the Bedside

Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) is a national program that encourages creative problem-solving strategies among nurses and other caregivers to ensure high-quality patient care. The initiative has led to the development of several performance improvement efforts at The University of Kansas Health System that are keeping patients safer and happier.

At The University of Kansas Health System, we put patients and their needs at the core of everything we do. We call it patient-centered care. Request your appointment online or call us at 913-588-1227, or toll free at 844-323-1227. 

About the program

TCAB is a framework for improving patient care on medical and surgical units. Initiated by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in 2003, it encompasses four main elements:

  • Safety and reliability
  • Care team vitality
  • Patient-centeredness
  • Increased value

Brainstorming helps staff members develop new ideas and quality initiatives. Any staff member can initiate and lead a TCAB program. Using a process called "small tests of change," progress is assessed daily. After the assessment period, an idea is adopted, abandoned or adapted as needed. Projects that fail are reassessed later and sometimes tried again.