Patient Safety Blog

Download the 2018 Annual PSO Report

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is certified as a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO) in compliance with the provisions of the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA).

Happy EMS Week!

Do something that counts and listen to your EMS people. A few months ago, I wrote a blog about measuring safety culture in EMS. I outlined a few points about safety culture and why surveying should be part of an agency’s readiness plan. I wanted to circle back and share a few additional thoughts as we approach EMS Week.

Nurses Week 2019

Nurse’s week is coming to an end and I would like to give a shout out to all my fellow nurses! I can honestly say I’m proud to be a nurse it’s because of all the wonderful, empathetic and exceptional nurses I know.  There are so many different areas in nursing and thankfully we all have areas in which we are gifted. 

What Gets Measured Gets Managed

Healthcare organizations are certainly not lacking data. We measure everything and anything that can move over time. We measure employee attendance, physician engagement, hand hygiene, bloodborne pathogen exposure, time to answer a call light, equipment downtime, number of falls, and the list goes on.  However, the ability to measure and review data doesn’t mean we’re always measuring the right[...]

Are Paramedics Ignoring Hand Hygiene?

“Many paramedics ignore hand hygiene rules, study finds”

The #1 Topic They Didn’t Teach You in Paramedic School: Culture

I have been working with the Center for Patient Safety (CPS) for about four months, and I’m learning something new every day.  As a Paramedic, patient safety has always been a high priority, but I didn’t know how an organization’s culture could impact the delivery of care.

ISMP Update on Top Medication Safety Issues from 2018 - Webinar

Medication mistakes are one of the most common errors reported to the Center’s PSO.  ISMP is offering a free webinar on November 15 at noon Central Time to discuss the top medication safety issues as well as strategies to minimize risk.  They will also discuss how drug shortages contribute to errors and strategies to mitigate risk.  Register here and please share with others at your organization.

Recognizing Fall Prevention Week

Fall Prevention Awareness Week started Saturday, September 22 and runs until Friday, September 28. has excellent resources and tools to support ongoing efforts including flyers, posters, fact sheets and videos. A fall can result in injury, trauma and even death. Sometimes the fall isn't even the scariest part and it is the post-fall events of surgery, immobility and potentially[...]

Healthcare Forward Report: Patient and Provider Safety

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is excited about our new report being released this week: Healthcare Forward. While CPS began in 2005 with a focus on patient safety efforts in hospitals, our services have since expanded across the continuum of care and the new report highlights safety issues observed, not just in hospitals, but in all areas of healthcare. CPS works tirelessly to reduce[...]

Deadly Deliveries Report