Patient Safety Blog

IHI Free Tool to Assess COVID-19 Surge Readiness

The last few months have definitely presented new and long-lasting challenges for all healthcare providers.  With the forecasted resurgence of COVID-19 cases, IHI is offering a free tool to help you and your hospital assess your readiness.  It covers the following topics:  structure for planning, decision making and communication; monitoring and improvement; infection control preparedness; space[...]

Should You Participate in AHRQ SOPS™ Data Submission

The decision to participate in a national compare dataset can make anyone feel uneasy or uncertain about how their information will be used. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) first released the Survey on Patient Safety™ (SOPS™) for hospitals in 2004. Since that time, they have worked diligently to create additional surveys, each supported by a structured repository of survey[...]

How do you decide when to administer a patient safety culture survey?

COVID-19 introduces new challenges when it comes to deciding when the time is right for patient safety culture surveying and improvement.

Healthy Well-Being During Coronavirus

It would be an understatement for any of us to say that these are stressful times. Quarantine; school at home; social distancing; lack of interaction with others. Now let’s say you go to work each day, donning personal protective equipment that is uncomfortable and hot, knowing that any given ambulance call you respond to brings a likelihood of contact with Covid-19 patients. That’s what it’s[...]

During a Pandemic: Caregivers cannot give what they don't have

As busy, caring people, it’s easy for healthcare providers to feel stressed out, exhausted, and maybe even burned out under normal circumstances. The challenges of COVID-19 magnify that risk. We often put every one and every thing in our life - family, job, household, and community - ahead of our own needs and desires. As healthcare professionals, we face a double-whammy since the nature of our[...]

One Storm - Different Boats

Recently, a friend of mine made a post on social media about our collective experience with the new coronavirus, disparaging the old adage that we are all in same boat. Instead, she suggested we are all in the same storm but in vastly different boats depending on where you live, what you do for a living, and a host of other circumstances. Taking a page from that thinking, I reached out to a[...]

AHRQ Updates Culture Compares for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released the Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety (SOPS™) Culture Database, offering new insight into the safety culture of that growing component of healthcare. Overall, the 2020 AHRQ report suggests most staff working in ASCs have strong patient safety tendencies. 86% of respondents gave their organization a patient[...]

Brian LaCroix Joins the Center for Patient Safety

Bringing National EMS Leadership Focus to the Prevention of Patient Harm

Patient harm is still a challenge throughout healthcare, including EMS

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI - A new, year-long webinar series – a different webinar each month in 2020 – will help EMS leaders learn real-world strategies that have worked to improve safety and reliability.

The Challenge for EMS:  Getting Airways Right

“[If it takes] my sister’s death to awaken the situation, we’ll definitely want to figure out what’s going on and get to the bottom of it.”