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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.

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...

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….

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