Later this month is Healthcare Quality Week, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). Use the week to recognize healthcare quality management professionals, healthcare quality achievements in your organization, and raise awareness about the importance of quality in everyday practice. We encourage you to take advantage of the free webinars, posters, tips, and
Written by Lee Varner, BS EMS, EMT-P Mike Wallace, EMS Captain, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Does this sound like your EMS service…. Your typical runs include calls for chest pain, shortness of breath, seizures, and even cardiac arrest. Â You run these calls day in and day out. Â You drop patients off at the
A team of physicians and other researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are hoping to be the winners of the 2014 Pitt Innovation Challenge award for their proposed â€œSepsis Tool Innovatorâ€ to help EMS care providers and patients recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis, bringing early intervention to patients even sooner.Â For each hour
AHRQ has released a toolkit and orientation video specifically designed to guide hospitals in the use of improvement methods for Quality Indictors (QIs).Â While the focus is primarily on the 17 Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) and the 28 Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs), the toolkit is a general guide to the application of improvement methods.Â Quality
Have you assessed your organization to mitigate health-care worker fatigue-related risks? The Joint Commission suggests reviewing the work shift schedule, assessing high-risk processes and procedures, educating on sleep hygiene, and promoting a safe culture through open communication about fatigue concerns.
The MOCPS has been invited to lead a six-month course on the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to over 70 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) located throughout 7 states.
Research reveals a decrease in medication discrepancies may be possible if a pharmacist is included in the patient discharge planning with the internal medicine team. Read more
What should the nurse-to-patient ratio be?Â It’s a continuing debate among nurses and hospitals: but who should decide?Â In a recent hospital investigation, the facility was cited for “times when as few as three nurses had to care for 30 medical-surgical patients.”Â In this article, the CNO and VP of Nursing for PinnacleHealth System comments