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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.

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…

PROMOTING SAFETY & QUALITY IN SKILLED NURSING & ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
July 14, 2016

PROMOTING SAFETY & QUALITY IN SKILLED NURSING & ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES

by Elena Madrid, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Washington Health Care Association How can a state organization help promote patient safety for elderly communities? Elena Madrid shares her experiences from inside the WHCA and the work they do to sustain quality in these indispensable facilities. About the WHCA The Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) is a…

DECREASING INFECTIONS IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS
June 2, 2016

DECREASING INFECTIONS IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS

  by Sharon Eloranta, Medical Director, Quality and Safety Initiatives, Qualis Health At Qualis Health, we are working to decrease healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient/ambulatory surgery centers. Healthcare associated infections are relatively rare, but can be devastating to patients and families and costly for the healthcare system and payers. It is…

WSMA – Accelerating Adoption of Choosing Wisely
January 20, 2016

WSMA – Accelerating Adoption of Choosing Wisely

The Washington State Medical Association Foundation for Health Care Improvement has been hard at work on behalf of patients and physicians this past year. Accelerating the implementation of the Choosing Wisely campaign and launching the Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest advance care planning program were our top priorities.

Medication Safety Champion, CHI Franciscan
December 10, 2015

Medication Safety Champion, CHI Franciscan

This month’s ongoing Medication Safety Champion blog series, features Faylynn Auston and Sue West of Franciscan, St. Joes Medical Center.   Q: What have been the biggest advancements in the medication safety work being done at your organization? A:  In 2010, CHI Franciscan launched the Medication Reconciliation Technician (MRT) pilot program in the Emergency Department…

Don’t miss the 14th Northwest Patient Safety Conference on May 4, 2016!
November 30, 2015

Don’t miss the 14th Northwest Patient Safety Conference on May 4, 2016!

Join patient safety leaders from across the region to learn, share, and be inspired. Presentations and discussions will address our theme – Patients and Families, Partners in Safe Care. We are seeking speakers and poster presenters from a variety of care settings and perspectives.

Medication Safety Champions: Marian Dobles and Sandy Chun
November 24, 2015

Medication Safety Champions: Marian Dobles and Sandy Chun

The Washington Patient Safety Coalition has been striving to highlight the efforts of those on the front line of medication safety. We have also begun new outreach efforts to students within the medical and public health fields, to engage them around patient safety. In this month’s “Medication Safety Champions” blog, we feature two University of…

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