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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.

A Few Thoughts From the 2015 WPSC Conference
June 18, 2015

A Few Thoughts From the 2015 WPSC Conference

By: Miriam Marcus Smith, WPSC Program Director The 13th Northwest Patient Safety Conference (May 2015) included several short sessions in the afternoon – we call these “the fast and the furious” because the format for each is a short (10-minute) talk followed by about 10 minutes of discussion at the tables.  Participants are assigned to…

Shared Decision-Making: Why does it matter?
June 16, 2015

Shared Decision-Making: Why does it matter?

By Ginny Weir, MPH Program Director, Bree Collaborative You deserve to be actively involved in your health. Your health care team should treat you as a partner and work with you to decide what type of care or treatment is best. This is why shared decision-making is so important. Shared decision-making is a way for…

Shared Decision-Making: Why does it matter?
June 16, 2015

Shared Decision-Making: Why does it matter?

By Ginny Weir, MPH Program Director, Bree Collaborative You deserve to be actively involved in your health. Your health care team should treat you as a partner and work with you to decide what type of care or treatment is best. This is why shared decision-making is so important. Shared decision-making is a way for…

WPSC Member Featured in Second Victim Resource Paper
May 31, 2015

WPSC Member Featured in Second Victim Resource Paper

WPSC Member Featured in Second Victim Resource Paper: Patricia McCotter, RN, JD, Director of Patient Safety Innovations and Provider Support at WPSC member organization Physicians Insurance, is a co-author of a recent article published in The Journal of Healthcare Risk Management. … Read More.

EHR Final White Paper
May 15, 2015

EHR Final White Paper

Electronic health records (EHR) have significant potential to improve safety, but can also make existing risks greater, or introduce new ones. The WPSC recently commissioned a study of these issues; the product … Read More.

Job Opportunity in Patient Safety
April 24, 2015

Job Opportunity in Patient Safety

Swedish, First Hill has an opening for a full time Patient Safety Officer. The Patient Safety Officer is responsible for being a member of Swedish organizational response to quality variances and having or developing skills to evaluate variance reports, perform root cause analysis and Healthcare Failure Mode Effect Analysis and investigations for serious safety events…

Honoring Choices: Advance Care Planning & Directives
April 13, 2015

Honoring Choices: Advance Care Planning & Directives

Honoring Choice Pacific Northwest is an advanced care planning implementation program that aims to inspire conversations about the type of care people want … Read More.

It’s a Matter of Patient Safety: Reducing the Off-Label Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Long Term Care
March 25, 2015

It’s a Matter of Patient Safety: Reducing the Off-Label Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Long Term Care

By Lauri St. Ours Director of Governmental & Legislative Affairs, Washington Health Care Association   Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The impact of this national health epidemic is startling. One in three seniors dies with some form of dementia.  In Washington State, one in…

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
March 12, 2015

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care

The Institute for Patient- and Family- Centered Care has a great set of resources and tools to change the concept of families as “visitors” to families as partners, and recognizes the University of Washington Medical Center as an exemplar facility.

Patients’ access to lab test reports: how does this affect patient safety?
February 27, 2015

Patients’ access to lab test reports: how does this affect patient safety?

As part of an ongoing effort to empower patients to be informed partners with their health care providers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to give patients … Read More..

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