The Center for Patient Safety’s Annual EMS Patient Safety Conference was a success! We had great speakers who brought new ideas and concepts that helped stretch the imagination of those attending.
- David Williams from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement shared the Plan-Do-Study-Act method for organizational change and success.
- Tom Judge, Executive Director of Lifeflight of Maine having years of EMS experience, offered practical advice regarding the changes that he has witnessed in EMS. He also discussed how organizations can utilize a culture of safety to help manage risk.
- Michael Bachman from Wake County EMS in Raleigh, NC shared his insights and experience regarding the coordination of patient safety using mobile integrated healthcare, focusing on “For the patient, not to the patient”.
Posted in Patient Safety Posted November 14, 2014
A continued focus on the need for measurement in patient safety has led to the endorsement by the National Quality Forum of eight measures related to patient safety conditions. These include NHSN’s CAUTI and CLABSI outcome measures, Prevention of catheter-related blood stream infections, severe sepsis and septic shock, radiology-based exposure and AHRQs’ general and pediatric composite safety measures. The NQF will consider appeals relating to these measures through December 12.
Posted in Patient Safety Posted November 7, 2014
The proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is an integral part of infection prevention. The recent emergence of the Ebola virus has created a need to re-educate and train workers on the proper use of PPE. The CDC asked Johns Hopkin’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to assist in creating training modules. The Armstrong Institute worked with leading experts in the areas of infection control, human factors engineering, pscyhology, instructional design, and more to produce an online program to train healthcare workers in the appropriate use of PPE. Available from the CDC’s website at no charge, the training modules are thorough, yet simple.
Posted in Patient Safety Posted October 20, 2014
The Joint Commission is enhancing its focus on patient safety in hospitals, as evidenced by their October 20, 2014 announcement of a “first time event” – publishing a standards chapter on-line to ease access to key patient safety standards spread throughout their accreditation standards. Ana Pujols McKee, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of the TJC states, “A solid foundation for patient safety is a safety culture. For leaders, our hope is they will study this chapter and use it as a tool to build or improve their safety culture program. Developing a culture of safety starts at the top of the chain of command, and then works its way through the layers of management and employees to build trust which is an essential ingredient for improvement. In order for improvement to take root and spread, leaders need to be engaged and know the current state of the culture in their organization.” The chapter is oriented toward leaders to establish a safety culture that leads to learning from patient safety events. Go to the Center’s website to learn more about the Center’s safety culture assessment and training services.