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OPSI Presents Free Webinar Series on Diagnostic Errors

07/13/2018

The Ohio Patient Safety Institute invites health care providers, hospital leaders, nurse leaders, physicians and social workers to participate at 11:30 a.m. July 18 in the “The Impact of Cognitive Bias on Diagnostic Failure” webinar. This is the first of a free seven-part series.   The six subsequent webinars are Read More . . .

Reserve Your Spot at Medicare 101 Training

07/13/2018

The Ohio Hospital Association and Florida Hospital Association are teaming up to present a comprehensive review of Medicare provider reimbursement systems and cost reporting July 26 in Columbus. The popular annual “Medicare 101” seminar is designed for trustees and hospital employees who are new to health care facility f Read More . . .

Metric of the Month - July 2018

07/13/2018

Shift change huddles OR bedside reporting: Hospital conducts shift change huddles and bedside reporting with patients and family members in all feasible cases   Metric 2 is vital. This metric gives all staff awareness, on their units, of potential patients at risk for HAIs, falls, or any other pertinent clinical information Read More . . .

Hospital Creates Bedside Handoff Process

07/13/2018

Mercy Health Anderson Hospital developed and hardwired a bedside handoff process upon transfer from the emergency department to an inpatient department following a Kaizen event focused on improving hospital throughput. The purpose of the process is to:     Improve throughput by establishing Read More . . .

Identify Patient Harm from Direct Oral Anticoagulants

07/13/2018

For every seven direct oral anticoagulants medication errors, you can expect one to result in patient harm. While safer than warfarin, DOACs should not be thought of as risk-free anticoagulants. Similar to published data for warfarin, analysts found hemorrhages were the most common adverse event involving DOACs noted in reports subm Read More . . .

Download New LGBTQ Opioid Use Brief

07/13/2018

The Addressing Opioid Use Disorder among LGBTQ Populations brief from LGBT Health Line discusses the impact that opioid use disorder has on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. It highlights best practices, trauma-informed care and behavioral health integration into primary care. Click here to download the brief. &nbs Read More . . .

CDC Sepsis Resources Available for Download

07/13/2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Get Ahead of Sepsis print materials help patients, families, and health care professionals learn about ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis including:   Knowing the signs and symptoms of sepsis;Being alert and acting fast if sepsis is suspected;Preventing infections and staying he Read More . . .

CDC Launches New Anticoagulation Manager Mobile App

07/13/2018

Ever heard the phrase “There’s an app for that?” Recently, the CDC, in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, released the Anticoagulation Manager mobile app — and it’s now free to download from the Apple App Store. Click here to download. Read More . . .

Watch LGBT Health Line On-Demand Webinars, Training

07/13/2018

LGBT Health Line offers over 40 on-demand webinars on topics such as LGBT health disparities, addressing social determinants of health for LGBTQ people, and collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity. They also offer free CME/CEU credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians for most of their webinars and onli Read More . . .

Take Patient Safety to the Next Level with New Approach

07/13/2018

For many hospitals and health care systems, improving safety means being alert to things that go wrong, finding out why they happened, and fixing them. While this is a helpful approach, adding a new approach aimed at anticipating errors can take patient safety to an entirely new level. Click here to read the STAT News article. Read More . . .

Hospital Cuts Opioid Scripts, Looks At New Ways To Ease Pain

07/13/2018

The culture of clinicians treating pain as a fifth vital sign, targeting pain-free living through a prescription regimen, is acknowledged as a driving factor behind the rise of opioid addiction. The American Society of Addiction Medicine found four in five new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers. Geisinger Health Read More . . .

CMS Releases Opioids Road Map

07/13/2018

Although some progress has been made in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the crisis is not slowing down. CMS published a roadmap outlining their efforts to address this issue of national concern.   In this roadmap, CMS details their three-prong Read More . . .

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management

07/13/2018

Evidence supports the use of intravenous (IV) ketamine for acute pain in a variety of contexts, including as a stand-alone treatment, as an adjunct to opioids, and, to a lesser extent, as an intranasal formulation, according to the first guidelines on the use of ketamine for acute pain management.   To see the related MedScap Read More . . .

Improve Care with Patient-Centered Approach to Medication Safety

07/13/2018

Assessing interventions in improving medication safety should include both health system–oriented and patient-reported, and patient-centered measurement concepts. Using such concepts can enhance the impact of intervention evaluations for patients and help design more effective interventions to improve patient benefits. This is Read More . . .

Complete Opioid Knowledge Self-Assessment Survey

05/15/2018

Hospitals are encouraged to participate in an Opioid Knowledge Self-Assessment survey in preparation for the “When Less is More: Reducing Opioid Over Prescribing” webinar on May 23 presented by Maria Foy, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, pharmacy care coordinator, Palliative Care, Abington Hospital Jefferson Health. According to the Read More . . .

Sign the Medication Management and Opioid Initiative Pledge

05/15/2018

In alignment with national action towards improving medication management and opioid misuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is focused on patients and improving their health outcomes, reducing unnecessary utilization and generating cost savings for public and private payers. Clinicians, practices and improvement ne Read More . . .

Metric of the Month - May 2018

05/15/2018

CMS Partnership for Patients PFE Metric 5 The Person and Family Engagement Metric 5 ensures at least one Board member, with full voting rights and privileges, provides the patient and family perspective on all matters before the Board. The ultimate goal is to ensure the Board works with patient and family perspectives when making g Read More . . .

Ohio Hospital Creates Patient, Family Experience Program

05/15/2018

MetroHealth established the Office of Patient Experience in 2013 and a year later created a Patient and Family Advisor program to provide a platform for patients and their families to share their experiences. “You can talk about patient-centered care, but that’s an empty phrase until you sit down and talk to patients and Read More . . .

New CDC Report: More Seniors Dying from Falls

05/15/2018

Nearly 30,000 Americans aged 65 or older died from a fall in 2016, up from 18,334 in 2007, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rate from falls rose 31 percent for seniors over the period, with the largest increase among adults aged 85 and older. State rates in 2016 ranged from 24 Read More . . .

Health System Reduces Sepsis with Antibiotic Stewardship Program

05/15/2018

Preliminary data suggest the rate of sepsis mortality, as a percentage of overall deaths, is dropping at University Health Care System in Georgia. Recently the health system implemented a strategy of combining faster diagnostics to enhance their antibiotic stewardship program in addition to real-time communication to clinicians. Ove Read More . . .

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