How A Robust Never Events Policy Can Alter Your Facility’s Culture

Think fast: Does your hospital have a “never events” policy? Does it include apologizing to the patients that were harmed and waiving their costs? Does it include a risk assessment?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions, you are one of the 20% of hospitals across the country that don’t have an adequate never events policy.

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Culture Building Tops List of Must-Have Leadership Skills

Cultivating a culture, communicating, and building a team are the most important leadership skills for facing the demands of an evolving healthcare landscape. So say the nearly 500 executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians who responded to the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council’s recent leadership survey.

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Joint Commission and CDC Team Up on Ambulatory Infection Prevention

The Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working on a new initiative to improve infection control in ambulatory care settings. The Adaptation and Dissemination Outpatient Infection PrevenTion (ADOPT) project will promote existing CDC infection prevention (IP) guidance while also making updated and alterations.

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The Six C’s of CAUTI Prevention

Staff-driven bundles, judicious culturing lead to huge CAUTI decreases. As hospitals prepare for more rigorous Joint Commission standard, Mayo Clinic shows how regimented approach can reduce rates by as much as 70%. In early 2014, the medical intensive care unit at the Mayo Clinic Hospital contributed 25% of the facility’s catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). … Continued

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ACS Lays Out Attire Guidelines for Surgeons

By Alexandra Wilson Pecci   In addition to reflecting patients’ preferences for a professional manner of dress, the attire guidelines for surgeons also incorporate concerns over quality of care and patient safety. Wearing soiled scrubs in front of family members, letting surgical masks dangle, and leaving large sideburns uncontained during surgery are all no-nos for … Continued

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Introducing the PSQH Forum

Introducing the newest feature of the PSQH website, the PSQH Forum. The forum is for you, the patient safety professional, to voice your opinions, share tools and policies, and receive answers to industry-related questions.

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Texas Institute for Patient Safety Takes Aim at Medical Students

New collaborative effort will focus on incorporating patient safety into medical school.
In May, the University of North Texas (UNT) Health and Science Center announced a new collaborative aimed at improving patient care throughout the state and reducing medical errors across the continuum of care.

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