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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.

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…

Medication Safety Champion: Dalila Troyer
November 3, 2015

Medication Safety Champion: Dalila Troyer

In celebration of National Pharmacist Month, the Washington Patient Safety Coalition is featuring an ongoing series of blogs from clinicians on the front line of medication reconciliation efforts. As October 20th was National Pharmacy Technician day, we are highlighting the roles that pharmacy technicians everywhere are playing in keeping patients safe through increased attention to medication…

Medication Safety Champion: Jennifer Waters
November 3, 2015

Medication Safety Champion: Jennifer Waters

In celebration of National Pharmacist Month, the Washington Patient Safety Coalition is featuring an ongoing series of blogs from clinicians on the front line of medication reconciliation efforts. As October 20th is National Pharmacy Technician day, we are highlighting the roles that pharmacy technicians everywhere are playing in keeping patients safe through increased attention to medication…

STEADI – Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & injuries
September 15, 2015

STEADI – Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & injuries

By:  Mary Borges, Senior Fall Program Manager, Washington State Department of Health   Make STEADI Part of Your Medical Practice Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are specific things that you, as their health care provider, can do to reduce their chances of falling. STEADI’s tools and educational materials will help you to:…

NEW! Member Spotlight: Medication Safety Champion Blog Series
September 8, 2015

NEW! Member Spotlight: Medication Safety Champion Blog Series

In an effort to bring attention to the work of medication safety professionals, the Washington Patient Safety Coalition is featuring an ongoing series of blogs from clinicians on the front line of medication reconciliation efforts.

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.

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