WSHA Developing Robust Data Follow-up Process

To ensure data integrity and help WSHA better support hospitals in their quality improvement efforts, WSHA is in the process of developing a robust data submission follow-up process. WSHA staff have begun to reach out to hospitals missing more than three months of data on any measures reported in the Quality Benchmarking System (QBS) to... Read More >>

Ventilator-associated events: Definition and prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new ventilator-associated event (VAE) definitions in 2013 and, while more than 2000 hospitals in the United States report their VAE rates to the CDC, they still struggle to reduce incidence. The new definition is broader than the previous one and includes complications that are associated with... Read More >>

Kittitas Valley Healthcare’s journey to just culture

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CDC Releases new online training modules on antibiotic stewardship

Antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria do not respond to the mechanisms of the drugs designed to kill them, is one of the most serious public health concerns in the United States today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To improve provider education on antibiotic resistance, the CDC just released Section... Read More >>

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest Streamlining and Simplifying Processes

Humorist and cowboy Will Rogers observed “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Honoring Choices PNW is excited about the recent momentum and program enhancements propelling us down the right track to change the culture around advance care planning. Over the past few months, we’ve... Read More >>

The Sepsis Alliance launches the Sepsis Coordinator Network

In July, the Sepsis Alliance—an advocacy organization dedicated to saving lives and reducing suffering from sepsis—launched The Sepsis Coordinator Network . The Sepsis Coordinator Network is a community that provides sepsis best practice resources and guidance to sepsis coordinators and all health professionals working on sepsis process improvement. The Sepsis Coordinator Network hosts educational webinars,... Read More >>

SAMHSA offers suicide prevention tools for health care settings

Most people who attempt suicide have received health care in the previous year, making care settings crucial venues for providing information, offering services, such as screening for depression, or offering mental health services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its partners offer a variety of tools that health care providers can... Read More >>

Nominations due Aug. 23 for WSHA’s Community Health Leadership Award

Registration is now open for WSHA’s Annual Meeting in October, which also means it’s time to make nominations for WSHA’s 2018 Community Health Leadership Award, which will be given out at the Annual Meeting October 11 in Seattle.... Read More >>

Registration now open for Annual Meeting, Governance Education Day

Registration is now open for WSHA’s 2018 Annual Member Meeting and Governance Education Day — October 11 and 12, respectively — at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is Innovative Leadership for Tomorrow’s Health Care.... Read More >>

Teachers become the students in Fred Hutch’s Science Education Partnership

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle is best known for its cancer research and treatment, but it also offers a program that allows local educators to harness some of that knowledge and bring it back to share with their students. Through the program — the Science Education Partnership (SEP) — about two-dozen secondary school science teachers from across the state spend three weeks at Fred Hutch, learning new techniques in a teaching lab and getting paired with an ongoing research project in a scientist’s lab.... Read More >>

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