3 Stories You Need: 2016’s Top PS Issues, What’s Next for MU, Olympus Device Recall

mednews-logo.250We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Here are a few stories you may want to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. 10 top patient safety issues for 2016
    Beginning with medication errors and ending with “going transparent with quality data,” the editorial team at Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality present the patient safety issues they see as warranting top priority in coming months.
  2. CMS outlines next steps for MU
    Access an update published by leaders at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services describing a revised purpose for the agency’s EHR incentive program focused on outcomes, innovation and interoperability.
  3. Olympus to Recall and Modify Hard-to-Clean Duodenoscope
    The United States Food and Drug Administration reports that the maker of the TJF-Q180V duodenoscope, tied to the spread of life-threatening bacterial infections, is recalling the devices in order to modify their design.



Registration Open for 2016 Arkansas Patient Safety Conference

2016ArkPSConf.Post.ImageAmerican Data Network PSO will host a day-long, in-depth exploration of strategies and activities aimed at helping healthcare organizations build and sustain a solid culture of safety Friday, March 11, 2016.

Arkansas’ 2016 Patient Safety Conference, Practical Application of the Patient Safety Sciences: A Blueprint for Organizational Patient Safety,  is designed to provide guidance to healthcare professionals who have responsibility for or participate in patient safety activities within their organizations. The conference agenda includes presentations that will:

  1. Outline a paradigm for organizational patient safety;
  2. Examine patient safety data to identify fractured systems and processes that result in risk and injury;
  3. Provide methods for operationalizing patient safety strategies; and
  4. Describe key elements critical to implementing or redesigning successful patient safety initiatives.

The 2016 Arkansas Patient Safety Conference, which will be held in the Searcy Building at Little Rock’s Westlake Corporate Park, located at 10809 Executive Center Drive, will convene at 8 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Healthcare professionals attending the conference can earn 6 CPHQ (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality) continuing education hours.

For more information on the 2016 Arkansas Patient Safety Conference and to take advantage of ADN PSO’s early bird registration special, click here today.

7 Stories You Need – Prioritizing Sepsis, Shadowing Patients in Cleveland, Addressing Alarm Fatigue…

mednews-logo.250We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Here is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Stepping Up Against Sepsis
    Discover how several hospitals have stepped up their games to make sepsis a top priority coordinating multidisciplinary strategies aimed at the aggressive detection and treatment of the often fatal condition.
  2. Is Zero Falls the Right Target?
    Consider the proposition that working to prevent injuries from falls not only could be more realistic but even more beneficial than trying to eliminate all falls entirely.
  3. Hospitals need a checklist for the patient experience
    The checklist described here is not your typical procedural inventory. This physician author recalls a set of recommendations for interacting with patients that are as relevant today as they were when they were presented to her 20 years ago.
  4. Most patients don’t understand post-discharge care plans, study finds
    A  new study published in The American Journal of Surgery suggests that writing patient discharge instructions at a sixth-grade level  could help to reduce readmissions.
  5. The Hidden Patient Experience
    Learn more about a patient shadowing program being launched this year at Cleveland Clinic in an effort to provide perspective and increase empathy among hospital staff.
  6. At the Hospital, Better Responses to Those Beeping Alarms
    January 2016 marks the deadline that The Joint Commission set for hospitals to establish new policies and educate staff in regard to appropriate alarm management protocol. Read how some organizations are working to combat alarm fatigue.
  7. Doctors and nurses need better support when they make errors
    “But while the institutional support for grieving families is a well-oiled machine, there is no such machine to mop up the tears of the staff,” writes Dr. Nina Shapiro, pediatric otolaryngologist.