Patient Safety

EMS Hand Washing Study

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EMT Hand-Washing Habits Need Improvement
Have you read this interesting and surprising study about EMS and hand sanitizing?  As an industry we might want to study and discuss it further as well as support each other for better compliance?  Does it raise a deeper question?  What about the equipment we touch while taking care of our patients?  When we are gloved are we risking cross contamination to ourselves and our next patient? Furthermore, think about the cab of our ambulances with the many things we touch and have contact with.  Is there any risk there?  Most services are vigilante and proactive with their disinfection process, however, we are prone to slips and drift from best practices.

What are your thoughts, do you wash your hands?

New ISMP Long-Term Care AdvisERR newsletter

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has issued the July edition of its newsletter, Long-Term Care AdvisERR.  The newsletter includes tips on safe administration of U-500 Insulin, safe use of new oral dispensers for morphine sulfate, as well as addressing how to set up your MAR to avoid confusion.  Here is a link to subscribe to this free resource that offers advice on frequently reported medication safety events and access past issues.

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 kwire@mocps.org or Jessica Rowden at the Missouri Hospital Association at jrowden@mail.mhanet.com.

Did you miss the NHTSA EMS Focus Webinar?

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Last month, NHTSA’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) hosted the first installment of its EMS Focus: A Collaborative Federal Webinar Series.

The first webinar, moderated by Dr. Brinsfield, Federal Involvement in EMS — provided the EMS community with an opportunity to discuss EMS activity at the federal level – in real time. The priorities include:

  • Evidence Based Guidelines
  • Preparedness
  • Military to Civilian Credentialing

For this recording or future webinars visit their website.

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.

Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety

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Almost a year later…have you read it yet?

It’s been almost a year since once of the most important safety and culture documents has been released.  The Center for Patient Safety encourages you to read the Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety and support discussion with your peers.

Exciting Membership News

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The Center for Patient Safety is exited to announce our newly acquired membership with the American Ambulance Association (AAA). Our membership with AAA will support the opportunity to engage work with EMS leaders from diverse organizations around the country. The Center will be exhibiting at the AAA Annual Conference and Trade Show November 17-19 in Las Vegas.
For more information visit their website: http://www.the-aaa.org/

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