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The Safety Blog serves to highlight patient safety news, stories, and initiatives aimed at upholding our mission: safe care for every patient, every time, everywhere.

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Stigma & Bias in Healthcare: The Obstacles, Consequences and Changes Needed
August 17, 2020

Stigma & Bias in Healthcare: The Obstacles, Consequences and Changes Needed

by: Anita Sulaiman | Principal Consultant and Trainer at IBEX Consulting What does every one of us need – regardless of age, race, gender, religion or nationality? Healthcare. One of the biggest and most enduring challenges in healthcare is the issue of provider stigma and bias, and their impact on patient outcomes. We all need...

Agility in Crisis: How The Everett Clinic responded to COVID-19
July 2, 2020

Agility in Crisis: How The Everett Clinic responded to COVID-19

by: Dr. Kent Hu, MD | Associate Medical Director, The Everett Clinic The COVID-19 pandemic transformed our world, and with it our way of caring for patients. The Everett Clinic seized this crisis to challenge old assumptions and develop new models of care. When the first COVID-19 positive patient arrived on our doorstep on Feb....

Collaboration over Competition: How Pediatric Hospitals Can Thrive When They Work Together
June 10, 2020

Collaboration over Competition: How Pediatric Hospitals Can Thrive When They Work Together

by: Karlee Prince | Washington Patient Safety Coalition Intern, University of Washington Senior The Washington Patient Safety Coalition had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Paul Sharek, the Vice President, Chief Quality and Safety Officer and Interim Chief Medical Officer (Quality/Safety) at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Paul is well versed in Quality Improvement...

Reducing Stress for Health Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 21, 2020

Reducing Stress for Health Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Dr. Walter Reichman | Partner and Vice President of Org Vitality Health professionals, even in ordinary times, juggle caring for a range of people, including their patients, their patients’ families, their colleagues and their own families and loved ones. This is stress-inducing in normal times, and of course, we are in anything but normal times....

Service over Self
May 1, 2020

Service over Self

by Gloria Brigham, EdD, MN, RN | WSNA Director of Nursing Practice   In early March, a frightened nurse reported that she knew she had been exposed to COVID-19 during her shift and was checking into a hotel to avoid exposing her young children and husband. Later, food and clothes were dropped off at her...

Washington Health Care Association Partners with the Tacoma Fire Department/EMS Division and Stakeholders to Decrease the Number of 911 Calls for Lift Assistance for LTC Facilities
February 11, 2020

Washington Health Care Association Partners with the Tacoma Fire Department/EMS Division and Stakeholders to Decrease the Number of 911 Calls for Lift Assistance for LTC Facilities

by Elena Madrid | Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Washington Health Care Association The Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) is a statewide non-profit organization representing over 500 assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. WHCA’s mission is to promote quality long term and post-acute health care and services, while serving as an advocate for providers, staff,...

THE VALUE OF ATTENDING CONFERENCES
January 21, 2020

THE VALUE OF ATTENDING CONFERENCES

by Tosha Mackness | Clinical Director of Quality Initiatives, Clinical Director for Port Angeles, Northwest Kidney Centers  As I prepare for what 2020 holds, I’d like to take some time to reflect on what has just passed. December is my favorite time of year, not due to the holiday cheer, the food, the tree, the...

KNOWING WHEN IT’S TIME FOR ASSISTED LIVING
January 10, 2020

KNOWING WHEN IT’S TIME FOR ASSISTED LIVING

Knowing When It’s Time for Assisted Living by Lydia Chan | Co-Creator, Alzehimer's Caregiver It seems like just a few short years ago that your parents were young and spry, but lately, you can tell that age is catching up to them. Is it nothing to worry about, or is it a sign that your...

WALTER REED FAILED TO EXAMINE ALMOST 2000 CT SCANS
December 19, 2019

WALTER REED FAILED TO EXAMINE ALMOST 2000 CT SCANS

by John Vassall, MD, FACP | Physician Executive, Quality & Safety, Comagine Health According to the article, an investigation showed that because of “a combination of faulty processes, oversights by physicians, technical snafus and a radiologist’s overwork” a backlog of 1,300 unread Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans of patient’s faces and jaws occurred between...

CULTURE OF SAFETY AND DEBRIEFING FOR CHANGE
November 14, 2019

CULTURE OF SAFETY AND DEBRIEFING FOR CHANGE

by Lisa Matheny, RN, B.S.N., CPHRM, C-EFM | Risk Management and Patient Safety, BETA Healthcare Group IMPROVING YOUR CULTURE OF SAFETY So you work in healthcare, and your organization wants to improve its culture of safety. If safety culture is the sum of what an organization is and does in the pursuit of safety, and...

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