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Series Begins September 25, 2013 | 1:00pm Eastern Time
The National Patient Safety Foundation has joined with other organizations as a co-convener of the AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI) webinar series on alarm systems management. The webinar series aims to help alarm management teams be prepared and confident in complying with The Joint Commission’s new National Patient Safety Goal on alarm management. Read More→
One of the goals of the federal Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign is to promote greater patient and family engagement in health care in all settings and activities. To that end, a compilation of resources is now available for those seeking to advance their organizations in this area.
This compilation represents a growing inventory of emerging best practice tools and resources to help facilitate the engagement of patients and families in their care. The resources listed have been identified and collected through a survey of hospital engagement networks, PfP stakeholders, PfP hospital executives, and patient advocates, as well as other sources.
The tools in the inventory are divided into three main categories: clinical/point of care; policy and design; and governance. The list also includes a number of tools that focus specifically on vulnerable populations. The goal is that these tools will serve as a critical resource to support the rapid spread of emerging best practices in patient and family engagement among PfP partners.
The inventory will continue to be regularly updated and expanded upon based on feedback and suggestions.
Healthcare Providers Fall Short in Preventing Spread of Infection
From Modern Healthcare, Aug. 30, 2013
The Joint Commission recently released its ranking of standards that proved most problematic for health care organizations in the first 6 months of 2013.
Infection prevention and hand washing were cited as standards where ambulatory care, hospital and long-term-care providers struggled. The results are largely unchanged from the previous two years.
Read the Modern Healthcare story online (registration required).
Download the Ranking of Standards from The Joint Commission.
Texas Tech Researchers to Collaborate with Covenant Medical Center and HKS Architects
BOSTON, MA (August 20, 2013) – The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has awarded a $100,000 grant for an innovative patient safety research project that will examine the mechanisms underlying patient falls in the hospital and formulate recommendations for improved facility design. Led by principal investigator Debajyoti Pati, PhD, Rockwell Professor, Department of Design, Texas Tech University, this project brings together the perspectives of multiple disciplines, including architecture and design, classical mechanics, and nursing. Read More→
Submit Data to the Comparative Database, October 1-15, 2013
AHRQ’s Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture is a tool for medical offices to use to assess provider and staff opinions about the culture of patient safety in their practices.
Medical offices that have administered the AHRQ survey can register and submit their data to the Comparative Database between October 1 and October 15, 2013. The database is a central repository for survey data from medical offices, health care systems, or survey vendors that have administered the AHRQ medical office survey.
One of the purposes of the database is to produce comparative results to help medical offices identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in their patient safety culture.
For more information about the benefits of participation and database products, participation requirements, and registration/data submission timeline and activities, click here.
Event to Feature Keynote Address by Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Boston, MA—The Lucian Leape Institute (LLI) at the National Patient Safety Foundation has announced the program for its 6th Annual Forum & Gala to be held in Boston on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Read More→
This article features comments from a number of speakers at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress in May 2013.
The following article explains how hospitals have implemented processes in order to link “patient experience and quality.” By tying these two together, hospitals can assure that their patients have positive involvement and receive “the right care at the right time while being spared from harm.” Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, Bassett Medical Center, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center describe how they each took constructive steps towards improving the patient experience while simultaneously bridging the health care efficiency gap.
Read the full article from American Medical News.
Through the “Virginia Mason’s Respect for People” initiative, Virginia Mason Medical Center learned that respect is vital in order to “provide the best care and a perfect patient experience.” Lucian L. Leape, MD has spoken on the subject of respect in correlation to patient safety by stating that disrespect is “a threat to patient safety because it inhibits collegiality and cooperation essential to teamwork, cuts off communication, undermines morale, and inhibits compliance with and implementation of new practices.” Virginia Mason Medical Center reinforced to all team members the meaning of respect by defining the top 10 fundamental behaviors of respect.
To learn more about respect in the workplace from Virginia Mason Medical Center, read the full article from Hospital Impact.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is searching for public comment on their revised plan “to build a prototype consumer reporting system for patient safety events.” The proposed project from September 2012 was enacted to reduce the number of adverse events that go unreported. They hoped to decrease this number by encouraging patients and their families to report.
This prize from the American Hospital Association is administered by the Health Research and Educational Trust. The four main goals are:
- To raise awareness of the need for a hospital-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, patient-centered care.
- Reward successful efforts to develop and promote a systems-based approach toward improvements in quality of care.
- Inspire hospitals to systematically integrate and align their quality improvement efforts throughout the organization.
- Communicate successful programs and strategies to the hospital field.
Applications are due by Sunday, October 13, 2013. For more information, read the full article on the American Hospital Association website.