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Center for Patient Safety Adds PSAW Tips

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ATTENTION hospitals, LTC, EMS, pharmacies, medical offices, home care, etc!

Patient Safety Week is less than 2 weeks away: March 8-14

The Center for Patient Safety has gathered several resources to assist with celebrating, learning more, and promoting patient safety:

 

EMS Services Participating with a PSO can improve quality, safety, & financial performance

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Written by Lee Varner, BS EMS, EMT-P
Mike Wallace,
EMS Captain, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District

Does this sound like your EMS service….

Your typical runs include calls for chest pain, shortness of breath, seizures, and even cardiac arrest.  You run these calls day in and day out.  You drop patients off at the hospital just in time to clear for another call.

At the end of the day, ask yourself these simple questions:

  • Do you look back at the calls to determine how well your providers performed from the perspective of protocol compliance or customer service?
  • Do you have performance benchmarks established, for example time to 12 lead or aspirin administration on chest pain patients?
  • Do you know the percentage of survival for cardiac arrest patients in your community?
  • Do you have a mechanism in place that allows for the self-reporting of events as they relate to medication errors, equipment malfunctions, or near misses?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, great job!  However, some of you probably said no to most.

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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.

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