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2014 EMS Patient Safety Conference – Registration Available!

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Logo2The Center is pleased to announce the date of our upcoming annual EMS Patient Safety Conference, scheduled for November 12, 2014.  This conference is expected to be bigger and better than previous years, bringing national EMS experts together to share strategies to improve patient safety, highlight successful practices and provide broad networking opportunities to share successes and challenges. 7 CEUs available for attendees.

We invite you to register to attend or visit our conference page for more information!

Conference highlights include:

  • David Williams, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Faculty will present Plan-Do-Study-Act
  • Tom Judge, Executive Director at Lifeflight of Maine will present Safety Culture and Management of risk
  • Michael Bachman from Wake County EMS in Raleigh, NC will present the Coordination of Patient Safety in Mobile Integrated Healthcare
  • And much more!

Limited sponsor/vendor opportunities are still available – Sign up today!

AHRQ webinar to present Medical Office Survey Highlights

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The 2014 Medical Office User Comparative Database Report, released earlier this year, will be summarized by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) via webinar on Tuesday, September 16, from 1-2pm EDT. Survey administration experiences and implemented improvement initiatives will be provided from the perspective of a system with more than 200 medical offices as well as a a federally qualified rural health center clinic. Register for this webinar.

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) fully supports this diagnostic tool to measure your patient safety culture. If you are interested in administering the survey in your medical offices, let CPS provide you with an estimate., or learn more about CPS survey administration.

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Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Sept 23, 2014

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From the Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging (NCOA):

Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow

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Date: September 23, 2014

The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on September 23, 2014—the first day of fall. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.

The Falls Free® Initiative is a national effort led by NCOA to address the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults.

CPS issues Safety Watch on EMS Stretchers

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Safety WatchMultiple stretcher-related incidents have been reported to the Center’s Patient Safety Organization.  The areas of concern are from real events.  Read the full Safety Watch on EMS Stretchers.

Released 08.11.2014.

AHRQ and The Joint Commission e-learning module for LTC

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and The Joint Commission released an e-learning module last week aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in assisted living and nursing homes.  The tool is available to all long-term care facilities and includes resources and quizzes in an online format.   The objective of the tool is to provide principles to “prevent infections and achieve high safety performance over extended periods of time”.

Opportunity for Long Term Care Facilities!

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National Collaborative to Reduce Infections, Focus on CAUTI!

The Center for Patient Safety and Missouri Hospital Association are partnering to bring national faculty and resources to Missouri nursing homes to work collaboratively on reducing infections with a focus on eliminating CAUTI!  Sign-up for this opportunity TODAY!! There is no cost for participating in this collaborative!

Read additional information about the project, including an overview of the project, team leaders responsibilities.

If you are interested in signing up to participate, complete the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: CAUTI Online Registration Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Wire at the Center for Patient Safety at or Jessica Rowden at the Missouri Hospital Association at

PSOs connect to share legal overview with participants

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On July 17, 2014, PSO Participants were invited to attend “PSO Participation and Protections – a Practical and Legal Perspective”, a webinar cohosted by the North Carolina Quality Center PSO and the Center for Patient Safety PSO.  Topic coverage included legal perspectives and PSOs presented by Michael R. Callahan. Mr. Callahan also reviewed case law and the North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri Statutes.  CPS PSO Participants can download materials and watch the recorded session.

Culture surveys are gaining ground

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SOPS Rings_webCulture surveys are gaining ground and the results are encouraging.

Each year, we see more and more healthcare organizations come to the Center for Patient Safety for culture surveying services. Our services include response reports that analyze the culture at the organizational level as well as the unit level (where applicable).  This allows for analysis at the sub-culture level which undoubtedly exists within every unit and contributes to the organization’s overall culture. Each unit receives their own culture analysis that includes direct access to resources to assist unit managers and human resources implement improvements.  Additionally, survey administration from the Center includes two survey cycles in order to obtain a baseline and follow-up.  In 2013, the Center administered the AHRQ Survey on Patient Safety (SOPS) to thousands of healthcare staff in more than 60 hospitals and provided hundreds of unit-level response rate reports.

The Results

From 2012 to 2013, hospitals participating with the Center that were actively involved in patient safety efforts and implemented changes based on their baseline survey analysis saw positive changes. These changes related to improvements in teamwork, communication and implementation of a “just” culture. Overall, the Center for Patient Safety saw improvements that included: Read More

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