Author Archives Alex Christgen, BSBA
Allison Bloom recently wrote an important article about Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) that was featured in EMS Insider. If you are providing this care or exploring MIH then you should read Allison’s article and learn more about how participating with a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) can help you.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released their latest issue of the Web Morbity & Mortality cases and commentaries. For more information, visit AHRQs website using the links found in the case summaries:
Spotlight Case: Monitoring Fetal Health
A woman who had an uncomplicated pregnancy and normal labor with no apparent signs of distress delivered a cyanotic, flaccid infant requiring extensive resuscitation. Although fetal heart rate tracings had shown signs of moderate-to-severe fetal distress for 90 minutes prior to delivery, clinicians did not notice the abnormalities on the remote centralized monitor, which displayed 16 windows, each for a different patient. The commentary by Mark W. Scerbo, PhD, of Old Dominion University, and Alfred Z. Abuhamad, MD, of Eastern Virginia Medical School, provides an overview of fetal heart rate monitoring, the risks and benefits of this complex process, and factors that influence its safety such as staff training and safety culture. (CME/CEU credit available.)
January 21 @ 11 Central – Free webinar
Confused about Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs)? You’re not alone!
Join the experts at the Center for Patient Safety as they describe the basics of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) and provide an introduction to the terminology and concepts of PSO participation. Applications to EMS, LTC, medical offices, and hospitals will be presented. Q&A available during webinar. Register
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The latest newsletter from the Center for Patient Safety PSO contains the latest highlights on Safety Alerts, Success Stories from real hospitals, information on Patient Safety Awareness Week 2015, and much more!
PSO Alert: Morphine v Midazolam.1
Safety Watch: Emergent Situations.2
Joint Commission Alert.3
Health IT Safety Webinar.3
Patient Safety Awareness Week.8-9
PSO Data Update.10-11
To prevent adverse events from occurring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recommends you measure your patient safety culture. AHRQ’s patient safety culture surveys provide feedback on your organization’s communication, teamwork, patient safety, leadership, and staff engagement. The results can be used to measure your current culture and provide insight into the most effective methods to improve the patient safety culture at your healthcare organization. The survey is available for medical offices, LTC, hospitals, and pharmacies.
AHRQ recently hosted a webinar, discussing the results of the 2014 Medical Office User Comparative Database Report. On the webinar, survey users also shared how they have successfully applied the survey results to improve patient safety culture at their medical offices. View the recording.