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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.

WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY
September 17, 2019

WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY

Today is the first-ever World Patient Safety Day! To honor that, we at the Washington Patient Safety Coalition want to highlight some of resources we have available for those working within the patient safety field! The Washington Patient Safety Coalition is a program of the Foundation for Health Care Quality (FHCQ) that acts as a…

UNTANGLING VARIATION IN EHRs & HIE: A COMPLEX PATIENT SAFETY ISSUE
December 21, 2018

UNTANGLING VARIATION IN EHRs & HIE: A COMPLEX PATIENT SAFETY ISSUE

by Gwen O’Keefe, MD, FACP | Principal, GO Healthcare Strategy Imagine you’ve just spent a harrowing 4 days in the hospital with sudden onset of heart problems, had many tests, and are sent home with multiple appointments and new medications. The conversations with hospital staff passed in a blur. You don’t understand what the results of…

THE CASE FOR A CARE FOR THE COLLEAGUE PROGRAM
September 27, 2018

THE CASE FOR A CARE FOR THE COLLEAGUE PROGRAM

by Kit Hoffman, PsyD | BESIDE Program Coach, Confluence Health In the year 2000, a physician named Albert Wu coined the term “second victim” to describe the experience of physicians, and other medical care providers, who make a medical mistake. The patient, of course, is the first victim of a medical mistake. The medical care provider,…

HITTING THE BULLSEYE: THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF DIAGNOSTIC ACCURACY IN PATIENT SAFETY
July 19, 2018

HITTING THE BULLSEYE: THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF DIAGNOSTIC ACCURACY IN PATIENT SAFETY

by Karen M. Markwith RN, MJ, CPHRM, CHPS | Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Virginia Mason In our January 2018 strategic planning session, diagnostic error rose to the top of the discussion and became one of the two key areas we voted to devote WPSC efforts to this year, the other being patient safety…

THE IMPACT OF LANGUAGE & CULTURAL BARRIERS ON PATIENT SAFETY & HEALTH EQUITY
October 13, 2017

THE IMPACT OF LANGUAGE & CULTURAL BARRIERS ON PATIENT SAFETY & HEALTH EQUITY

  by Anita Sulaiman, Founding Consultant & Trainer IBEX | Inter-Cultural Business Excellence If you have ever been in a situation where you do not speak the language of the land and cannot understand or make yourself understood, you know what it is like to face a language barrier. Imagine needing medical attention in that environment….

Northwest CRP Leader Retreat: Achieving Benefits, Avoiding Pitfalls
August 23, 2017

Northwest CRP Leader Retreat: Achieving Benefits, Avoiding Pitfalls

When: September 27-28, 2017 Where: Marriott, SeaTac International Airport | 3201 176th Street | SeaTac, WA 98188 Learn how your organization can implement an effective communication and resolution program (CRP) at this retreat for healthcare leaders. Despite our best efforts as care providers, adverse events happen far too often. Most efforts to respond to them don’t actively…

TAILORING A COMMUNICATION AND RESOLUTION PROGRAM TO YOUR MEDICAL SYSTEM
March 15, 2017

TAILORING A COMMUNICATION AND RESOLUTION PROGRAM TO YOUR MEDICAL SYSTEM

  Organization: Confluence Health Project Name/ Title: CRP Point of Contact: Randal Moseley, MD, FACP, FHM, Medical Director of Quality | randal.moseley@confluencehealth.org About Confluence Health Confluence Health is an integrated healthcare delivery system located in North Central Washington. We serve a population of about 250,000 dispersed over 12,000 square miles. Our resources include two hospitals, 13 clinic…

BREAKING THE ICE ON END-OF-LIFE CARE
February 16, 2017

BREAKING THE ICE ON END-OF-LIFE CARE

by Emily Wittenhagen Organization: WSMA Project Name/ Title: Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest Point of Contact: Jessica Martinson, jessica@wsma.org I was happy recently to sit down for a talk with Jessica Martinson, ‎the Director of Clinical Education and Professional Development at the Washington State Medical Association, known to many in our state as WSMA (pronounced wizma). ABOUT…

NAVIGATING PATIENT SAFETY IN THE RURAL HEALTHCARE LANDSCAPE
November 2, 2016

NAVIGATING PATIENT SAFETY IN THE RURAL HEALTHCARE LANDSCAPE

  by David Allison, CPHRM, System Patient Safety Director, PeaceHealth As those who work in them know well, running a rural healthcare facility can pose unique challenges. Transitions of care such as helicopter transfers and pathways to access are of extra importance, with long distances and waterways separating patients from treatment centers. Critical access hospitals,…

CHAMPIONING SAFETY AFTER A SERIOUS ADVERSE EVENT
August 5, 2016

CHAMPIONING SAFETY AFTER A SERIOUS ADVERSE EVENT

by Jacqueline Valentine, Director of Patient Safety,  Seattle Children’s A behind-the-scenes look at what one hospital has done to turn tragedy into an ambitious opportunity to build a stronger base of safety culture into their organization with the goal of zero preventable harm. About Seattle Children’s Seattle Children’s is an independent children’s hospital founded over 100…

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