Avoiding the flu

WHSA has been partnering with hospitals across Washington and Alaska to increase flu immunizations in health care personnel in an effort to prevent transmission, absenteeism and presenteeism. We reached an astounding 87.5 percent vaccination rate for 2016-2017 and are striving for even more vaccinations this season.... Read More >>

New research demonstrates that epidurals do not increase the length of labor

In the United States, approximately 61 percent of women giving birth receive an epidural or spinal anesthesia for pain relief in labor. The administration of this medication has often been blamed for an increased length of labor. However, a double-blinded, randomized control trial was published October 10 in Obstetrics and Gynecology, which demonstrated that epidurals have no effect on the length of the second stage of labor (10cm to delivery of the infant).... Read More >>

CDC releases strategies for implementing antibiotic stewardship at small hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released Core Elements for Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Core Elements at Small and Critical Access Hospitals.... Read More >>

AHA webinar: Improving care for hospitalized adults with substance use disorder

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA’s) Physician Leadership Forum will host a webinar from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, November 9 on improving care for adults hospitalized with substance use disorder, focusing on understanding needs, engaging leaders and changing systems.... Read More >>

Improving Value in Health Care: The 2017 Choosing Wisely Summit Oct. 27

Join health care leaders, stakeholders and national Choosing Wisely representatives in Seattle on Friday, October 27 for a day-long in-depth look at how the Choosing Wisely initiative in Washington State is moving from education to implementation.... Read More >>

Opioid Medication and Pain infographic now available in 21 languages

The Opioid Medication and Pain infographic developed by the Bree Collaborative and the Washington Health Alliance has been translated by Public Health – Seattle & King County into 21 additional languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese. As a result, more people will have access to important messages about the risks of opioids.... Read More >>

Tracking racial data can illuminate disparities

Hospitals are routinely collecting information about patient race, but are they using it and does it matter? Stratifying outcomes by patient race, ethnicity, age or gender can provide valuable insights into your hospital’s culture and may lead to surprising findings.... Read More >>

Maternal Mortality Review Panel to begin review of 2016 maternal deaths

The Maternal Mortality Review Panel recently released a public report outlining its findings and recommendations from the maternal death review for 2014 and 2015. The panel will soon reconvene to review maternal deaths that occurred in 2016. An update from Alexis Bates, Perinatal Health Consultant, and a letter from State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy highlight the Department of Health’s (DOH’s) progress and next steps for the subsequent review period.... Read More >>

Legionella conference in Tukwila Oct. 30

The Puget Sound Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and Washington State Department of Health are offering a one-day intensive workshop on Legionella prevention and outbreak management at the Tukwila Community Center October 30. The event will feature keynote speaker Janet E. Stout, Ph.D., and other national and regional experts.... Read More >>

New accredited QPP online course: Improvement Activities performance category

A new, online and self-paced overview course on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) is now available through the MLN Learning Management System.... Read More >>

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