Q&A: The Need for Better Training for IV Insertions

A collaboration announced in October 2020 between the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) and B. Braun Medical Inc. seeks to improve clinician training on the placement of PIVCs. Together, the organizations will develop and provide a series of online courses free of charge to schools of medicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, and other allied health professionals—the first of which is being currently piloted at several leading nursing schools.

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PSMF Renews Efforts to Improve Patient Safety in Hospitals

Patient Safety Movement was founded in 2012 with the goal of eliminating preventable patient deaths by 2020. While it fell short of that goal, the group says its hospital and health system partners saved 366,353 lives during 2012-2020 by improving processes. Still, there is much more to be done.

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Share Your Innovative Quality Improvement Ideas

Any professional who is currently involved in patient safety or quality improvement is welcome to submit a case study application. The 2021 PSQH Contest Committee, in conjunction with the PSQH administrative team, will select one case study to highlight on PSQH.

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Making Breast Cancer Treatment Less Invasive

Evidence indicates that for patients with low risk and good prognosis, localized treatment with targeted intraoperative radiotherapy (TARGIT) may be equally as effective as standard radiation, with potentially less damage to normal tissues and organs.

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Health System-Owned Specialty Pharmacies Gain New Voice

The level of integration varies among health systems. Some health systems have pharmacists embedded in the clinics, while others manage their patients centrally from their operations center. In both scenarios, the documentation of education and patient counseling is captured in the health system’s electronic health record, in which both providers and pharmacists work.

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ABQAURP News: November 2020

The Ochsner Digital Medicine “focus factory” model augments the standard primary care service. The program is built on a team-based model of care that includes physicians, advanced practice providers, pharmacists, and health coaches, and features remote physiologic monitoring, medication management in accordance with current evidence-based guidelines, and lifestyle coaching.

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Healthcare Worker Well-Being and Resilience Summit: Three Big Ideas

Victor Dzau, MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine provided an update on the organization’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. Formed in 2017, the collaborative has launched several initiatives and resources, including resources to support clinician health and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, a clinician well-being knowledge hub, publications, and events and webinars.

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