Study Shows Racial Disparity in Hospital Patient Safety

The new report, which was conducted by researchers at the Urban Institute with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examines 2017 hospital discharge data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Cost and Utilization Project. The researchers also used AHRQ software to focus on 11 patient safety indicators.

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Solving Fragmented Behavioral Healthcare With Data

While funding is no doubt a critical part of the solution, fragmented care remains a major stumbling block when connecting people with behavioral health services. Through her organization, Dr. Nishi Rawat is seeking to create greater transparency between behavioral health and medical care providers to address the fragmentation in data and care.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week Resources From PSQH

Patient Safety Awareness Week is coming to a close, but the focus on patient safety and healthcare quality will continue on as always. Thanks to all the dedicated professionals who work in healthcare organizations to provide top-notch care during these trying times. Thanks to our partners this week for their support: Vocera; GOJO, the makers of Purell; symplr; Riskonnect; and Jefferson College of Population Health.

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Barriers to Incident Reporting in Healthcare

By symplr To understand and improve any system, we must look at its successes and failures. When it’s life and death, healing or inadvertently injuring patients, the stakes could not be higher. Our healthcare providers and staff undertake complex work under pressure of time constraints, and in environments where priorities shift. These individuals must adhere … Continued

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Protecting and Connecting Our Nation’s Healthcare Workforce

By M. Bridget Duffy, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Vocera Throughout the pandemic, many clinicians have described their experience with COVID-19 as a war with an invisible enemy. As I hear endless tragic stories and see many heart wrenching images from colleagues on the frontlines, I fear our healthcare workforce will be battling PTSD next, and … Continued

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How to Create a Safety Protocol for Emergency Department Psychiatric Patients

Patients with psychiatric illness can spend lengthy periods of time in emergency departments waiting for psychiatric evaluation or transfer to an inpatient psychiatric facility. Earlier research found that the mean length of stay (LOS) for psychiatric patients in emergency departments awaiting an inpatient bed was 16.5 hours and LOS for psychiatric patients in EDs awaiting transfer to another facility was 21.5 hours.

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Achieving Zero Preventable Deaths: One Hospital’s Journey

At CHOC’s Quality Committee meeting in 2015, CHOC deliberately shifted its established goal from “reducing hospital-acquired conditions” to “achieving zero preventable deaths.” This goal became one of three quality domain factors that would determine annual leadership bonuses, thus further encouraging physicians to aggressively pursue it.

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How Patient Safety Will Evolve in a Post-COVID-19 World

While this pandemic was unprecedented in our modern history of care, we must face the truth that we will confront other epidemics or health crises in our lifetimes, so we cannot ignore the lessons of the past year. In the future, having local stockpiles of PPE, monitors, and other medical supplies on demand will be essential to avoid repeating the struggle we faced during this pandemic. There is also a need for quickly scalable critical care solutions, as sourcing and configuring pieces of high-demand medical equipment when a surge hits is not efficient.

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