Partnering to Heal is a computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates.
The training highlights effective communication about infection control practices and ideas for creating a “culture of safety” in healthcare institutions to keep patients from getting sicker. Users assume the identity of five main characters and make decisions about preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
This resource is also located on our Toolkits page under Healthcare-Aquired Infections.
A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General finds state survey agencies need to improve their tracking of serious hospital errors, including suicide and other adverse events. OIG recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services require all immediate jeopardy complaint surveys to evaluate compliance with the quality assessment and performance improvement Conditions of Participation. OIG also suggests that CMS ensure state agencies monitor hospitals’ corrective actions for sustained improvements, amend guidance on disclosure to explain the nature of complaints to hospitals and improve communication with accreditors.
Back in April, HHS announced its new $1 billion Patient Safety Initiative to reduce preventable injuries that occur in hospitals. At the same time the Center was celebrating Missouri’s Patient Safety Awareness Month. Joining us in that effort was HHS Regional Director, Judy Baker (Region 7), along with four other experts, who participated in our April 20 Patient Safety tele-forum to address a number of Patient Safety issues including HHS’ new initiative funded by resources from the 2008 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Listen to Judy now!
The Center is so proud of our friend, colleague and faculty member, Pat Posa RN, BSN, MSA, for her leading role in earning the US Department of Health and Human Services Outstanding Leadership Award for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Pat is the System Performance Improvement Leader at St. Joseph Mercy Health System. Read More
As a federally designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO), MOCPS is part of a national program which will have reduced preventable adverse events by 3% within the first five years of operations of PSOs, according to estimates from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, saving $435 million in national health care costs.