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:

ASHRM Webinar – Have a Heart: Caring for our Own

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m.  CT Will provide insights into the second victim experience, interventions for supporting colleagues in distress and lessons learned from the University of Missouri.

With Guest Speaker, Susan Scott, RN, MSN

When a patient suffers from an unexpected clinical event, healthcare clinicians often become the “second victim,” feel as though they have failed the patient and frequently second guessing their clinical skills, knowledge base and career choice.

Understanding the second victim experience and recognizing that supportive interventions can promote a healthy recovery during this vulnerable period is critical.

Guest Speaker, Susan Scott, serves as Patient Safety Officer for University of Missouri Health Care. With more than 30 years of nursing experience, Scott’s Patient Safety research include understanding the second victim phenomenon to help interdisciplinary professionals in the aftermath of unanticipated clinical outcomes.

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Register Now for Webinar on Venous Thromboembolism on October 5

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HHS’ Partnership for Patients has teamed up with the National Quality Forum to launch a series of free patient safety Webinars, the eighth of which focuses on avoiding venous thromboembolism and catheter associated urinary tract infections, is scheduled for October 5. Featured speakers include Bill Geerts, M.D., Former Chair, American College of Chest Physicians Guidelines on Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism and Sanjay Saint, M.D.,Director, Veteran’s Affairs/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program. The session will discuss the Partnership for Patients goal for hospitals to reduce 50% of preventable VTEs by 2013. Select to register for the October 5, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., EDT, Webinar.


Hybrid ORs Could Improve Care

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Hybrid Operating Rooms in the United States are expected to increase over the next decade, but with fewer than 100 hybrid ORs currently in use, what is the benefit?

Actually, the rooms are believed to improve care, reduce infections, and improve recovery times since patients don’t have to be moved from one room to another mid-procedure.

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