Happy Holidays from the Center Staff!

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2014 Holiday Card_sThe Center for Patient Safety wishes you and your family a safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season!


FREE Webinar: MERS-CoV-Implications for infection preventionists

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May 28, 2014 12pm CST Register now!

APIC and CDC are teaming up to provide this free webinar on infection control considerations for MERS-CoV. Dr. Michael Bell MD, Deputy Director, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, will review infection prevention and preparedness strategies to help facilities know what to look for and what to do to protect healthcare providers and patients in their facilities.

Center announces Susan M Kendig as new Board Member

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The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is pleased to announce Susan M. Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, President of Health Policy Advantage, LLC and Past Board Chairperson for the National Association for Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health has joined CPS’ Board of Directors.

“Susan is an attorney and nurse practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry,” said Becky Miller, Executive Director, CPS. “She brings extraordinary expertise in responding to a rapidly changing health care environment and we are delighted that she is joining CPS’ board of directors.”

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Fall Prevention Day is September 23, 2013

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Join us as we recognize Fall Prevention Awareness Day coming up on September 23rd. Check back often for further information on Fall Prevention Day activities.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has created a great Falls Day Flash Mob Video in the Jefferson City Capital Mall – take a peek!

Florida Project Endorses Four Cornerstones for Improvement

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The Tampa Bay Times and Fierce Healthcare reported that Florida hospitals have moved the needle for readmissions and surgical complications. What they learned should inspire providers at all levels and points of care.

Approximately 200 hospitals spent five years in a successful statewide effort to improve care. Readmissions dropped 15 percent over two years, as 105 hospitals prevented 1,500 patients from readmitting within 15 days and reduced costs by at least $25 million. And over 15 months, surgical complications fell 14.5 percent for 67 hospitals involved in the nation’s largest statewide surgical quality collaborative, which saved 89 lives, prevented 165 complications and saved more than $6.67 million, according to a report from the Florida Hospital Association.

The statewide quality initiatives also led to a 41 percent decline in bloodstream infections over two years, with 35 hospitals saving 37 lives, preventing 302 blood stream infections and cutting costs by $15.9 million.

But the really exciting part was the four factors they identified as the foundation for this improvement-all things that participation with the Center can bring. Here is how the report summarized them…

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Suffering from alarm fatigue?

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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has published seven expected practices to manage the ever-growing number of patient alarms.  “Since 1983, the average number of alarms in an ICU has increased from six to 40, despite the fact that humans have difficulty learning more than six different alarm sounds.”  The vision of the Center for Patient Safety is to provide a health care environment safe for all patients and healthcare providers, in all processes, all the time.  Make sure your patients are safe by helping nursing staff manage the numerous alarms.  Read the full article.

National Time Out Day

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National Time Out Day raises awareness of the need to conduct a time out for every patient, every time.  National Time Out Day began in 2004 as an awareness campaign by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and is supported by The Joint Commission, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) for its ability to increase awareness of safe practices for patients undergoing surgical procedures.  This year, the AORN encourages evaluation of your time out procedure and how it fits into your broader patient safety efforts.  Missouri Center for Patient Safety recognizes time outs as a best practice for reducing surgical errors.

Discovery Channel: Patient safety documentary available online

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The Discovery Channel premiered Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board, the second in a series of patient-safety documentaries developed by the Texas Medical Institute of Technology’s (TMIT) Safety Leaders program. If you missed in when it aired last Saturday, you can watch it online now, or check out the preview:

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