Medication Safety Recognition Program Designed to Improve Employee Engagement

Concord (New Hampshire) Hospital began its medication safety recognition program, which was introduced in 2016 and then revised in 2017, in the pharmacy department with the goals of improving the quality of medication errors reported, increasing the number of individuals who consistently reported medication errors, and increasing employee engagement.

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Blood Clot Prevention: Who Needs to Wear an SCD and for How Long?

The CDC estimates that almost 1 million Americans suffer from venous thromboembolism (VTE), also known as blood clots. VTE is a term that is comprised of two medical conditions: deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot in one or more of the deep veins in the body (usually in the legs), and pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in a pulmonary artery in the lungs.

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Everyday Answers and Solutions Based on Premature Conclusions

The world of the waking, so to speak, is precisely the opposite: characterized by its solemnity in generating, examining, and evaluating potential answers or solutions upon which an informed decision will rest. That decision offers the best chance for success, but only after first articulating how success has been defined. This world is populated by critical thinkers. Obviously, this is the world we should expect all healthcare professionals to inhabit.

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Medical Mayhem Room: Enhancing Situational Awareness of Patient Safety Risks in the Hospital Setting

To increase situational awareness of safety hazards in the hospital setting, quality improvement staff at Strong Memorial Hospital, the flagship hospital of a large academic medical center, implemented an experiential learning activity, the Medical Mayhem Room, during National Patient Safety Week in March 2019. This workplace-based activity was designed as a voluntary educational opportunity for nurses, resident and attending physicians, pharmacists, and other clinical support staff.

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Assessing and Addressing Interprofessional Teamwork in Hospitals

The recent research article, which was published by The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, is based on data collected from four U.S. hospitals that were participating in the Redesigning Systems to Improve Teamwork and Quality for Hospitalized Patients project. The project is crafted to establish and spread care models that increase interprofessional teamwork and improve outcomes for hospitalized patients.

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It’s Time for Healthcare Organizations to Take Ownership of Burnout

A June survey from the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists found 74% of U.S. adults are concerned about burnout among healthcare professionals, including nearly one in four (23%) who are very concerned. Eighty percent of Americans reported that when their doctor, pharmacist, nurse, or other healthcare professional is feeling burned out, the quality of their care decreases.

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