4 Stories You May Have Missed: Clinical Storytelling – MU Stage 3 – PDSA Cycles – Wachter Talks Tech

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  1. Storytelling Elevates Nursing Practice at Massachusetts General Hospital
    Discover how MGH clinicians have preserved the balance between the science and art of nursing for nearly two decades through the sharing of clinical narratives. Find out how this exercise has become an invaluable training tool and shaped hospital culture over time.
  2. Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule Detailed
    Read the highlights from two documents released last week by CMS outlining proposed rules regarding Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements for hospitals and providers and 2015 EHR certification requirements.
  3. Why You Should Be Curious about PDSAs
    Testing ideas through Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles is the one improvement strategy that IHI President and CEO Maureen Bisognano believes everyone in the world needs to know and practice.
  4. Why Health Care Tech Is Still So Bad
    Robert Wachter explains why, at a time when many clinicians wish they could just put down the laptops and go back to the days of pen and paper, the healthcare industry “will never make fundamental improvements…without the thoughtful use of technology.”

3 Stories You May Have Missed: Proper Use of PPE – Art of Patient Safety – Resource Center for CRE/Duodenoscopes

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  1. Putting On and Removing Personal Protective Equipment
    Proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential in order to minimize harm from exposure to dangerous pathogens including the Ebola virus. Use this video to review, with staff, key protocols for putting on, taking off and disposing of safety wear and equipment.
  2. Looking at Patient Safety Through a Different Lens
    Healthcare professionals are accustomed to learning about the science of patient safety, but this piece helps us to consider the art of patient safety. The author specifically focuses on the importance of people skills and the impact they have on the occurrence of sentinel events.
  3. CRE and Duodenoscope Resource Center
    ECRI Institute has launched a free online resource center that provides guidance and recommendations to the healthcare community regarding the reprocessing of the difficult-to-clean endoscopes linked to recent patient deaths caused by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) superbug. 

3 Nationally Known Experts to Take Stage at 2015 Arkansas Patient Safety Conference  

medicalcross.300Next month, the Arkansas Association for Healthcare Quality and Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives, in collaboration with American Data Network Patient Safety Organization, will host a day-long, educational conference focused on the improvement of patient safety in healthcare. Together, the partnering organizations have planned an information-packed agenda featuring three nationally recognized speakers who will discuss topics including the critical need for enhanced transparency in health care, legal considerations in designing a Patient Safety Evaluation System and sound strategies for getting the most out of your organization’s occurrence reporting process.

Presenters set to share their expertise at the 2015 Arkansas Patient Safety Conference include:

  • Marty Makary, MD, MPH, is the director of quality and safety for the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Makary also serves as Associate Professor of Surgery with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Unaccountable, a book about modern medicine’s transparency revolution.
  • Paul E. Dwyer is a partner at the law firm of Locke Lord LLP. For the past 16 years, Dwyer has represented a retail pharmacy chain as national coordinating counsel and trial counsel defending pharmacy malpractice claims throughout the United States. He advises healthcare providers and patient safety organizations regarding third-party liability and regulatory issues involving patient safety and has designed multiple patient safety evaluation systems for these clients.
  • Kenneth R. Rohde is president of KR Rohde LLC, a consulting company specializing in assisting organizations in dealing with problems. Rohde brings more than 35 years of experience in quality management to his work with hospitals, medical centers, power plants and high risk manufacturing facilities across the country. He instructs, speaks and consults in the areas of error reduction strategies; root-cause analysis; improving performance through process simplification; effective procedure writing; apparent cause analysis; engineering effectiveness and error reduction, failure modes and effects analysis; effective data collection, analysis and trending; and patient safety evaluation and improvement.

The 2015 Arkansas Patient Safety Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held in the Meyer Student Center at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock. To view the full conference agenda and to download a registration form today, click here.

Arkansas Governor Proclaims March 8 – 14 “Patient Safety Awareness Week”

GovProc2015.300Upon request by American Data Network Patient Safety Organization, Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a proclamation naming March 8 – 14, 2015 “Patient Safety Awareness Week” in Arkansas. The week coincides with the nationwide patient safety campaign themed this year, United in Safety, led by the National Patient Safety Foundation.

This year’s campaign theme points to the fact that everyone in the healthcare process plays a role in delivering safe care — from patients and frontline staff to administrators in the executive suite and from patient and family advocates to corporate solutions providers.  The NPSF aims to affirm the importance of the relationship between providers and patients and their families and demonstrate how increased communication and engagement can lead to safer care.

In his proclamation, Gov. Hutchinson acknowledged that all Arkansans have a role to play in the movement to improve the quality and safety of patient care in Arkansas and across the nation. “Responsibility for maintaining high quality standards of this country’s healthcare system lies at the heart of public health and will take the efforts of healthcare quality professionals, our communities, the government and our  healthcare providers and businesses, all working together to promote and enhance the quality of patient care,” Gov. Hutchinson said in the proclamation. Hutchinson also affirmed the importance of “understanding the underlying causes of errors, learning from reported errors, and working to eliminate conditions that contribute to preventable errors.”

About American Data Network PSO

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 authorized the creation of Patient Safety Organizations to identify and reduce the potential risk associated with patient care. PSOs are designed to improve the quality of the healthcare system in the U.S. by encouraging clinicians and healthcare organizations to voluntarily report and share data on patient safety events without fear of legal discovery. Established in 2009, American Data Network PSO is Arkansas’ first and only federally designated Patient Safety Organization.


2 Stories You May Have Missed: Hand Hygiene Reminders – Easing Patient Suffering

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  1. A Helping Hand: Continuing Improvement in Hand Hygiene
    Read about two methods proven to give the mental nudge that medical personnel need when it comes to complying with pesky but essential hospital hand-washing protocols.
  2. Doctors Strive to Do Less Harm by Inattentive Care
    Don’t let the headline fool you. Discover what hospitals are learning by taking time to really think about what patients are telling them via discharge surveys and how they are using this valuable data to perpetuate change hospital-wide.