Honoring Choices PNW recruiting for fourth cohort

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest is now recruiting health care organizations to join its fourth cohort, which will launch in September. Honoring Choices participants receive free training and consultation to help implement the Respecting Choices First Steps evidence-based advance care planning program in their facilities.... Read More >>

WSHA seeking patient safety partners

Hospitals across Washington and Alaska are diligently working to reduce hospital-acquired infections, such as central line blood stream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). With all the effort put into reducing these infections, data show we still have opportunities for improvement.... Read More >>

Safe Deliveries Roadmap helps patients, providers identify early warning signs for preeclampsia

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, which seeks to raise awareness about the disorder that occurs in women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. It is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and usually the presence of protein in the urine.... Read More >>

How to remedy health care disparities

Our members are at the forefront of reducing health disparities. It gives me hope and inspires me to see so many health care leaders committed to learning and changing practice as we create and test solutions. We often hear the acknowledgement that disparities exist, but the candid admission of not knowing what to do about them.... Read More >>

WSHA Pressure Injury Safety Action Bundle helps prevent pressure injuries

The WSHA Pressure Injury Safety Action Bundle provides a collection of evidence-based tools, including The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Best Practice for the Prevention of Medical Device-Related Pressure Injuries. These tools address care in three clinical populations: critical care, pediatric care and long-term care.... Read More >>

DOH requests hospitals review employment records for nurse involved in hep. C investigation

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has asked health care facilities in Washington State to review employment records to identify whether registered nurse Cora Jamille Weberg — a person of interest in the hepatitis C investigation at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital — has ever worked in their facilities.... Read More >>

DOH makes policy statement on hospital ER naloxone distribution

On April 27, the Department of Health (DOH) released a policy statement on naloxone (opioid overdose medication) distribution from hospital emergency departments. The policy clarifies state law and affirms that hospital emergency departments are authorized to distribute the medication. The policy is in alignment with federal announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Surgeon General encouraging expanded access to naloxone.... Read More >>

Take a survey to inform immunization e-courses

WithinReach and the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington are creating several free, accredited e-courses to keep providers current on immunization best practices. They are intended for health care providers who work with underserved or under-resourced communities. The organizations are asking providers to fill out a brief survey by May 25 to help inform the topics offered in these courses.... Read More >>

Can effective antimicrobial stewardship decrease risk for sepsis?

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Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

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