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PSO “Safe Tables” Result in Fall Prevention Interventions

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The Missouri Center for Patient Safety now offers “Safe Tables” for its Patient Safety Organization (PSO) members.  What is a “Safe Table”?  It’s a members-only shared learning meeting among health care providers to network and exchange patient safety experiences and best practices in an open, uninhibited and legally protected environment.  The venue allows participants to share de-identified adverse events with other hospitals, gain input and support and learn from their own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others.  Ultimately, the end result is safer care for patients in all the participants’ hospitals.  View Fall Prevention Interventions developed at the Safe Table held in April 2012.

MOCPS Just Culture Collaborative Work Cited as Reference for Certification in Patient Safety

    Posted in Amy Vogelsmeier, Becky Miller, Center Info, Just Culture, National Patient Safety Foundation, Patient Safety Culture    |    Comments Off

MOCPS’s Just Culture collaborative work was cited as a resource by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety. We are excited to learn a publication of the Center’s Just Culture work is being used as a resource for those seeking certification as a patient safety professional. The article, Influencing leadership perceptions of patient safety through just culture training; Vogelsmeier A, Scott-Cawiezell J, Miller B. J Nurs Care Qual. 2010 Oct-Dec;25(4):288-94 is available at:

Information about the NPSF certification is available at

MOCPS Seeking Administrative Assistant

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Come join the passionate and motivated staff at the Missouri Center for Patient Safety where our vision is “a healthcare environment safe for all patients, in all processes, all the time.” The Center is a nationally recognized leader in patient safety work, serving as a federally listed Patient Safety Organization (PSO) with over 180 participants; leading the national CUSP/Stop CLABSI and Stop CAUTI collaboratives in Missouri; and developing the first ever PSO adverse event reporting system for emergency medical services. The Center has the benefits of a large company and the flexibility of a small office setting.  The Center is currently accepting applications for the position of part-time administrative assistant.  VIEW JOB DESCRIPTION and APPLY TODAY!

Register Now for Webinar on Venous Thromboembolism on October 5

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HHS’ Partnership for Patients has teamed up with the National Quality Forum to launch a series of free patient safety Webinars, the eighth of which focuses on avoiding venous thromboembolism and catheter associated urinary tract infections, is scheduled for October 5. Featured speakers include Bill Geerts, M.D., Former Chair, American College of Chest Physicians Guidelines on Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism and Sanjay Saint, M.D.,Director, Veteran’s Affairs/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program. The session will discuss the Partnership for Patients goal for hospitals to reduce 50% of preventable VTEs by 2013. Select to register for the October 5, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., EDT, Webinar.


CDC Declares Healthcare Acquired Infections a “Winnable Battle”

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At any given time, about 1 in every 20 patients has an infection related to their hospital care. HAIs not only affect patient lives, but also add to our growing healthcare costs.   CDC has identified eliminating HAIs as a winnable battle. With additional effort and support for evidence-based, cost-effective strategies that we can implement now, we can have a significant impact on our nation’s health.

This healthcare-associated infection briefing folder provides a snapshot of the context and background for this priority area, as well as descriptions of some of the systems, policy and programmatic interventions pursued by CDC and our public health partners at the federal, state and local levels. This information will be updated periodically as new data or relevant information becomes available.

Motivating Change through Stories

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Bad and good stories have a way of impacting individuals and effecting change, including improvement in patient safety.   Read what Stephen Powell, President/CEO of Healthcare Team Training, has to share!

Voluntary Recall by H&P Industries

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The FDA has initiated the recall of all lots of Povidone Iodine Swabsticks, Povidone Iodine Prep Solutions, Povidone Iodine Scrub Solutions, and Povidone Iodine Prep Gel.  To determine if you are using any of these items and information on return arrangements, check the full press release.

The Joint Commission Issues Alert

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The Joint Commission issued an alert regarding radiation risk of diagnostic imaging.  Read the full alert here.

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