Patient Safety Blog

AHRQ Posts Medical Office Toolkit for Tests

Some of the best-known safety speedbumps for physician practices lie in the patient testing area.  Orders have to be developed and communicated, results communicated from the lab to the office and then to the patient or other providers.  The provider who ordered the test has to see the results and react appropriately.  Documentation of this process needs to be complete and accurate.  AHRQ has[...]

Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 11-17, 2018

Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW), an initiative from the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is designed to raise patient safety awareness among healthcare providers and consumers. This year, PSAW is March 11-17. It’s a great time to celebrate successes and re-focus on patient safety opportunities in your organization. The Center encourages[...]

Patient Access to Care Notes

Heads up!  Copying and pasting in your electronic health record (EHR) might make your documentation process easier, but it can result in big issues downstream as other care providers take action based on inaccurate information.  AHRQ recently published an article by Dr. Shannon Dean from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine which outlines the concerns and some potential “fixes”.  I like[...]

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018

Following a Medical Error: What Patients Want

Becker’s Infection Control shared a summary of an article from JAMA Internal Medicine with results of interviews completed with 27 patients regarding what they want from their physician following a medical error.  It’s not surprising that patients want to know what the hospital is doing to prevent recurrence of the medical error.  But regretfully, only 6 of 30 family members and patients received[...]

2017 MarCom Awards Recognize EMSForward for Marketing Excellence

The Center for Patient is proud to announce the EMSForward Campaign booklet has received a Platinum Award, the highest honor, in the 2017 MarCom Awards. The EMSForward campaign booklet won in the non-profit publications category. MarCom is an international competition administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The awards represent work across print[...]

National Fire Prevention Week perfect time to learn ways to stop surgical fires

The Center for Patient Safety joins The Joint Commission in recognizing National Fire Prevention Week. Unfortunately, surgical fires continue to occur.  Recent reports to the Center’s PSO include:

Emergency Medical Services Agenda 2050. How do see the future of EMS?

The EMS Agenda 2050 “Envision the Future” Straw Man document has been released to the public for comments to guide the future direction of EMS.  The document is a comprehensive and robust body of work with a wide range of topics, all of which are important to the EMS profession.

CPS Safety Watch/Alert - Medication Shortages

Medication Shortages: Adversely affect drug therapy Can cause complications in medical procedures Contribute to medication errors Create frustration for providers & patients ACTIONABLE ITEMS TO MITIGATE RISK Validate details of shortage & check with suppliers Determine stock on hand Determine purchase history & true use Estimate time until shortage impacts agency & length of shortage Identify[...]

Using Culture in Your Organization

This article is an excellent read!  Patient safety culture and patient safety are the buzzwords these days, but what are some actions to help you improve your patient safety culture?