Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Katie Mockaitis

Hospitals have made impressive strides in improving care in the inpatient setting and are applying those lessons to outpatient care.

Funded through a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, culture of safety, patient and family engagement, care coordination

Focusing on Teamwork and Communication to Improve Patient Safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N.

Patient safety experts agree that communication and teamwork skills are essential for providing quality health care.  When all clinical and nonclinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, patient safety, culture of safety, patient and family engagement

CDC updates blood and tissue safety risk for three Florida counties

AHA News Now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday announced the potential for increased risk to blood and tissue safety in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, FL, starting on June 15, 2016, due to local Zika virus transmission. “This increased risk is particularly relevant for semen... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, maternal health, infant health, prevention, Zika

IHI, NPSF to merge; propose 'public health framework' to advance patient safety

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and National Patient Safety Foundation yesterday announced plans to merge May 1. IHI President and CEO Derek Feeley will lead the combined organization and NPSF President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, M.D., its combined patient safety programs. As part of the announcement,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient safety, prevention

AHA highlights Patient Safety Week events and resources

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March 12-18 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, observed annually to increase knowledge and interest about patient safety and engage health care professionals and the public. For more on the featured events and AHA resources to build a culture of safety, visit AHA.org/PSAW. For more on the week and how... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

Talk about patient safety

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March 12-18 is “Patient Safety Awareness Week,” when the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages hospitals and other health care organizations to host local activities promoting awareness of the need to continually improve patient safety and to involve the public in those improvement efforts.

This... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, safety, culture of safety

AONE, HRET HIIN webinar March 14 on patient safety

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The AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives and Health Research & Educational Trust will host a March 14 webinar on “Partnering for Progress in Quality and Safety.” Participants will hear from two hospital nurse leaders that have used the HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network to improve... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, nurses

FDA warns of reaction to skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday warned that products containing chlorhexidine gluconate can cause rare but serious allergic reactions. “Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years,” the agency said. As a result,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, safety

AHRQ provides informed consent training modules for health care professionals

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a training resource for hospital leaders that provides guidance on developing informed consent policies and securing organizational support for best practices in informed consent. In addition, the agency has released a training resource for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, quality, patient safety

FDA alerts providers to safety risks with battery-powered mobile medical carts

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The Food and Drug Administration recently warned health care facilities of potential safety risks associated with battery-powered mobile medical carts, including reports of explosion, fires, smoking or overheating of equipment that required hospital evacuations associated with the batteries in the carts.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, safety, nurses, regulation

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