Patient Safety Blog

National Time out Day

It’s June 14 – National Time out Day!  It’s not too late to bring focus to this very important step of every invasive procedure or surgery.  Learn how the AORN has adopted the “Super hero” theme to remind everyone to pause to ensure the safest possible outcome for each patient.  Click here to learn more.

Patient Safety Boot Camp Now Available for EMS

Patient Safety Boot Camp Now Available for EMS

Zero Harm

Zero Harm – that’s the goal for every health care provider!  The only way to achieve this is for patient safety to be embedded into your culture.  That means  organizational leaders make it a priority by “walking the walk and talking the talk”. The culture must change the providers’ thinking from “it’s a known complication” or “it sometimes happens” to “not on my shift!”  Recently the American[...]

A Need for Speed

By: Lynnette Torres, Quality Improvement Manager for Memorial Hospital of Carbondale

QAPI: 10 Steps to Improvement

Long-term care providers face new expectations for their safety and  quality work in the form of CMS’ QAPI standards. Yet a simple and methodical approach can help LTC providers create a program that meets CMS’ expectations and improves care for residents. Primaris has published a great list of suggestions (“10 Simple and Effective QAPI Planning Tips”) for those who want to strengthen their[...]

Six Book Recommendations for Leaders

At last week’s National Patient Safety Foundation Congress Don Berwick, MD, senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, recommended six books for all leaders to read in the next year to move patient safety forward: "The Fifth Discipline" by Peter Senge "The Improvement Guide: A Practical Approach to Enhancing Organizational Performance" by Gerald Langley, Ronald Moen, Kevin Nolan,[...]

Identifying and Learning from Clinical Errors in Pre-hospital Care

A recent article in JEMS magazine by Dr. Mark E.A. Escott raises the important issue of patient safety in EMS. In the article Dr. Escott highlights several key areas as he outlines the complexity of EMS while pointing out some of the barriers to greater patient safety.

EMS Week Spotlight: Lee Varner

The Center for Patient Safety is proud of our diverse team and is especially proud of our Patient Safety Director, Lee Varner, MSEMS, EMT-P, CPPS. Having spent much of his time in EMS throughout his career, he now enters his third year with the Center in a supporting role. He is a valuable resource to all of our participating organizations. We recently sat down with Lee and asked him a few[...]

Great Read - IHI Reliability Article

IHI recently shared good advice on how to improve care to lessen the likelihood of human error.  Systems and processes can be made more reliable by standardizing, simplifying, reducing autonomy and highlighting deviation from practice.  Read article.

Nursing Home Week Spotlight: Kathy Wire

The Center for Patient Safety is proud of our diverse team and is especially proud of our Patient Safety Specialist, Kathryn Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRM, CPPS. Having spent much of her time in nursing homes, hospitals and health systems throughout her career, she now enters her tenth year with the Center in a supporting role. She is a valuable resource to all of our participating organizations. We[...]