Patient Safety

AHRQ to Offer Free Webinars on LTC Resident Safety with CEU’s

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is sponsoring a free webinar/training series on patient safety in nursing homes that includes educational materials and CEU’s.  Here is a link for the first webinar, which will explain more about the others. Topics include:

  • Detecting Change in A Resident’s Condition
  • Communicating Change in a Resident’s Condition, and
  • Falls Prevention and Management

More information and registration for the first session is available here.

Free hand hygiene tools

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Need new resources for your hand hygiene program?  Winston-Salem-based Novant Health offers free downloadable posters, billboards, banners, computer wallpapers, tray liners, yard signs, screensavers, staff hand hygiene practice evaluation materials and hand hygiene protocol tips (both require email sign-up).  To download some or all of the resources, click here.  Thanks to Novant for sharing!

Safety Awareness Week is for Long-Term Care, Too!

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Even though the National Patient Safety Foundation doesn’t use LTC-inclusive language in its name or the name of its Patient Safety Awareness Week, they still have much to offer our long-term care communities, including a special week to recognize our dedication to resident safety.  CPS has developed a toolkit to help ALL providers celebrate this special week from March 2-8, and to engage residents, staff and families.

In St. Louis County,Bethesda Southgate is getting its community focused on safety, using several of the CPS toolkit resources:

  • A banner to announce Patient Safety Awareness Week in the lobbyPSAW 2014 Toolkit-w
  • Posters in public areas
  • Short daily announcements with quick, targeted tips on the issue of the day, such as “Help us prevent falls and remember to use your walker or helpers”
  • Table placards with the button/sticker from the toolkit, together with tips on the safety concern for the day

Anyone interested in using the materials can access the toolkit here.  And don’t forget to share your safety success stories with a poster (submit a short application) at the CPS 8th Annual Patient Safety Conference in St. Louis on March 21.

Frustrated with your hand hygiene compliance rates?

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Learn from Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles who has improved their compliance by 28%, moving from 70% to 98%.  How did they do it?  The key factor is shifting their goal from reaching 90% or a certain percentage of improvement to ZERO!  That changed the thinking of everyone involved.  Senior leader and medical staff involvement has also been paramount.  Read more

Call for Poster Presentations at 8th Annual Conference

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The Center for Patient Safety reminds you to submit a poster display of your great success in safe practices at our 2014 Patient Safety Conference, Friday, March 21 in St. Louis!

Join our popular conference poster session and share your successful safety practices.  Any healthcare professional or provider organization is invited to submit successful safety activities and projects for sharing.  This includes academia, pharmacists, nurses, physicians, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, EMS agencies, ambulatory surgery centers and academia and others with learning to share.

Deadline to submit a poster has been extended to February 28, 2014.  Download the Poster Display Application.

Due to the popularity of the poster displays, space will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  Submit your poster display application today!

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Center or visit our conference website for further information.

PSOs and Others Chime in on ACA Delayed Rule for PSO Participation

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The Center for Patient Safety and others discuss concerns and benefits of the delay in the PSO participation rule requirement of the Affordable Care Act. While the delay allows additional consideration on how to implement the rule, are current Medicare requirements sufficient to move patient safety improvement forward? Will the delay stifle the expanded sharing, learning and prevention of medical errors possible through PSOs?  Read full February 4 Modern Healthcare article.

Free Patient Safety Webinar from IHI

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There’s still time to hear Dr. Michael Leonard of Safe and Reliable Healthcare, Inc. and others share ideas about SBAR, Structured Communication, and Psychological Safety in Health Care.  A free webinar, sponsored by IHI is offered on Thursday, January 30, at 1:00 CST.  Click here to register.

There’s more — Dr. Leonard will be sharing his knowledge in person at the Center for Patient Safety’s 8th Annual Conference in St. Louis on March 21.

CDC Has New Resources for Infection Control in LTC

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Thanks to Peggy Neale-Lewis of Primaris for sharing this:

Here are some new resources for infection control for long Term Care!! On January 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new website dedicated to infection control in long-term care facilities. According to a CDC blog:

The past few years have brought heightened awareness of the important role of infection prevention programs and activities in long-term care settings, including nursing homes and assisted living. Navigating all the information available on infection prevention in healthcare facilities can be overwhelming, and it can be particularly difficult to locate available resources that are specific to long-term care settings.

This site organizes existing infection prevention guidance and resources into sections for clinical staff, infection prevention coordinators, and residents. Facilities can also directly access the new infection tracking system for long-term care facilities in CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, and the innovative infection prevention tools and resources developed as part of the partnership between CDC and the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign (AE).

Visit the new site here: http://www.cdc.gov/longtermcare

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