April 29, 2016 - 9:13 am

New-onset confusion and functional decline are two possible symptoms  used to help diagnose UTI’s in catheterized LTC residents.  Yet these can be hard to isolate, especially in residents with baseline cognitive decline.  The downside of over-identifying possible UTI’s arises from two facts.  (1) When UTI is suspected, staff often ask for a urine culture, and

April 28, 2016 - 1:55 pm

Medscape recently published an article about a nurse who was disciplined after reporting patient safety concerns arising from care provided by another nurse.  Clinical staff members who report each other for safety concerns are usually at the center of a multi-layered bundle of concerns. Does the organization support reports of safety concerns? Is there a

April 12, 2016 - 2:18 pm

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report “To Err Is Human; Building a Safer Health System” which has since changed the face of healthcare in the United States. At that time, the majority of patient safety research and improvement projects were developed for within hospital walls. However, in January 2016, the National

March 31, 2016 - 10:47 am

The transition of care and data integrity play a key role in patient safety as well as quality care issues.  As this article points out there are gaps in integrating the EMS patient care report into the hospital electronic medical record.  Since many EMS electronic medical records can’t be integrated into the hospital EHR important

March 29, 2016 - 10:23 am

Healthcare providers know how hard it can be to keep patients with dementia safe.  But what happens when the existence of dementia or its degree are unknown or unappreciated?  The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority receives mandated reports from that state’s hospitals on many safety issues.  Recently, they analyzed the role of a dementia diagnosis in

March 28, 2016 - 11:53 am

The Center is off to a busy spring season exhibiting, meeting and speaking with EMS professionals around the country.  Our first stop this week is at the Cox Air Care conference in Springfield Missouri.  We are excited to be at the conference this year sharing information about safety.  Next week the Center will be at

March 22, 2016 - 3:00 pm

I saw this article come across my morning email news and was immediately drawn in as communication is not just a problem in hospitals, but in every healthcare environment. Having traveled throughout the United States in my nursing career and delved into a variety of nursing fields, I can honestly say that more than once

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Events on May 15, 2016

EMS Week

Events on May 15, 2016

EMS Week

Events on May 15, 2016

EMS Week

Events on May 17, 2016

Zoll Summit - Lee Varner

Location: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, 15th Street, Denver, CO

Events on May 15, 2016

EMS Week