Patient Safety Blog

Missouri Board of Pharmacy Regional Meeting

It was an honor to be the key note speaker for the southwestern regional Board of Pharmacy yesterday in Springfield. About 80 professionals enthusiastically learned how they can personally improve patient safety culture whether their setting is retail or hospital based. We discussed the importance of leaders "walking the walk and talking the talk” as actions speak louder than words, and then they[...]

EMS Patient Safety Coordinator, Shelby Cox

The Center for Patient Safety is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Shelby Cox to the new EMS Patient Safety Coordinator position.  Shelby brings many years of EMS experience and a strong passion for improving patient care.  Please join us in welcoming Shelby to the CPS team.

Safety Culture Assessment Tool for Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The Center is pleased to announce the availability of a culture assessment for EMS. The psychometric analysis was selected for publication in the Journal of Patient Safety in June 2018. The final tool consists of a set of 37 questions that cover 11 patient safety culture domains, aligning closely with the pre-existing domains in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Surveys on Patient[...]

EMS Forward

EMSFORWARD is an ongoing campaign to drive awareness, conversation and action to improve patient safety. EMSFORWARD 360 is a supplemental campaign that amplifies the voices of the leaders and staff. The campaign is based on the 360 booklet which provides a deeper understanding and guide patient safety culture. Take a minute and download your free copy today. 

CPS PSO Annual Report

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is certified as a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO) in compliance with provisions of the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA).  PSOs support the collection, analysis, sharing and learning about what medical error occur, why and how to prevent them.

CPS Safety Watch/Alert - Violence Against Healthcare Workers

SAFETY ALERT: Violence Against Health Care Workers

Center for Patient Safety Recognizes Lee County EMS

Lee County EMS is awarded the EMS Patient Safety First Award Left to Right - Field Training Officer Fred Jackson, EMS Chief, Ben Abes, Capt. Colin Johnson (Patient Safety Team Leader), Lt. Shane Rackliffe, Roger Desjarlais, Lee County Manager

Approach to Safety

The Center for Patient Safety agrees with Dr. Tejal Gandhi’s advocacy for “a total systems approach to safety" — where safety is at the core of health care delivery across the continuum and a primary focus of any new initiative. Creating such approaches will require innovative thinking and contributions from all stakeholders.”  Dr. Gandhi’s blog can be followed here.  The Center For Patient[...]

Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert #59

The Joint Commission’s timely Sentinel Event Alert #59 relative to physical and verbal violence against health care workers reminds me of the #MeToo movement.  For too long providers have tolerated and ignored the inappropriate and sometimes harmful actions by patients, visitors and sometimes co-workers.  Everyone knows it’s often challenging to provide high quality, safe care in today’s health[...]

CPS Safety Watch/Alert - Respiratory Compromise

Respiratory Compromise is a state in which there is a high likelihood of decompensation into respiratory insufficiency, respiratory failure or death, but in which specific interventions (enhanced monitoring and/or therapies) might prevent or mitigate decompensation.