Prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia

More than 300,000 patients in the United States require mechanical ventilation as a life-saving therapy annually. Complications are not uncommon, as are increased lengths of stay, high health care costs and high likelihood of readmission. ... Read More >>

ER is for Emergencies video available to share

WSHA has produced a short animated video highlighting the ER is for Emergencies program, which can be helpful this flu season when hospitals are seeing high volumes of patients suffering from the flu.... Read More >>

Waiver to prescribe treatment for opioid abuse

Addressing the opioid epidemic is one of WSHA’s top legislative and patient safety priorities. Together with our state’s Accountable Communities of Health, we worked to develop a template to expand access to treatment for opioid abuse in emergency departments, which is often the first point of treatment for those battling addiction. ... Read More >>

Get your red out this Friday

Nearly half a million American women will die this year from heart disease. It is the single highest killer of American women. But there is good news. According to the American Heart Association, more than 75 percent of these deaths may be prevented.... Read More >>

Pain task force endorses alternatives to opioids

Acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, music therapy, massage and mindfulness, once considered alternative therapies, have earned the endorsement of a national task force on pain relief. Dr. Heather Tick, a clinical associate professor of family medicine and of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is the lead author of the paper calling for a reform in pain treatment.... Read More >>

Promising practices for improving hospital patient safety culture

Researchers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently looked at promising practices for improving hospital patient safety culture, looking at results from 536 hospitals during a 7-year period.... Read More >>

Join the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has launched the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR). This new surgical quality improvement program is funded and guided by AHRQ.... Read More >>

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

After over a year of establishing advance care planning (ACP) systems within institutions, Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest is inspired by the progress health care organizations have made toward discussing, recording and honoring their patients’ wishes.... Read More >>

Health Equity

Collecting Race, Ethnicity and Language Information is More Than Just a Requirement To some, it may feel awkward to ask patients to report their race, ethnicity or language, but having accurate information can provide a wealth of information for hospitals and delivery systems. Beyond state and federal requirements to collect this data, the information can... Read More >>

New FDA Tool Helps Streamline Antimicrobial Stewardship

The CDC notes that possibly as many as 50% of antibiotics prescriptions are prescribed unnecessarily, leading to multi drug resistant organisms, unnecessary hospitalizations and even death. The Food and Drug Administration has developed a new website that provides access to the most up to date information on antibacterial and antifungal medications in an effort to... Read More >>

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