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.
From the Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging (NCOA):
Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow
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.
Posted in EMS, EMS PSO, Events, Patient Safety Posted August 11, 2014
Multiple 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.
Posted in Patient Safety, PSO, PSO case law Posted July 21, 2014
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 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.
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
Posted in Center Info, Patient Safety, PSO Posted July 10, 2014
A message from Michael Handler, MD, Medical Director, Center for Patient Safety
From a physician’s perspective, organizations such as the Center for Patient Safety, including the role of a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO), are playing a key role in healthcare and can play an even greater role in the future.
I am proud to serve as the Center’s Medical Director supporting the Center’s work with health systems, hospitals, ambulance services, physician practices and nursing homes as well as its outreach to consumers.
As the healthcare landscape continues to change under the federal Affordable Care Act, implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges and the explosion of Accountable Care Organizations, the need for healthcare providers to work together across various settings is increasing exponentially. This work must focus on the assessment, evaluation and improvement of the quality and safety of healthcare delivery regardless of where that care is delivered. This is where organizations like the Center come into play!