CNO and CQO Learning Collaborative

Save the date on March 20, 2019 for the first WSHA CNO and CQO Learning Collaborative, a day of learning and collaboration geared toward executive leaders responsible for safety and quality in their organizations. National and local experts will present best practices for preventing hospital acquired conditions and answer your biggest questions on what leaders... Read More >>

WSHA Hosts 2019 Webinar Series for Preventing Falls and Fall-related Injuries

Falls with serious injury are consistently listed among the Top 10 Sentinel events reported to the Joint Commission Sentinel Event database. WSHA has planned an intensive 6-month learning series in 2019 designed specifically for hospitals to tackle fall and fall-with-injury rates. While extensive clinical research and evidence-based strategies in fall prevention exist, reducing falls with... Read More >>

WSHA Announces Learning Cohort for Medication Assisted Therapy

You are invited to join WSHA members in a learning cohort to facilitate improved treatment and outcomes for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the emergency department (ED), including adoption of OUD screening, buprenorphine initiation and rapid referral to long-term medication assisted therapy (MAT) providers. OUD is recognized as a chronic condition requiring evidence-based MAT. EDs–often... Read More >>

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) can also happen to children

Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff or CDI, is one of the most common causes of healthcare associated bacterial gastrointestinal infections in adults that can become life threatening. Additionally, over the past decade, there has been an increase of CDI among hospitalized children, especially those with diagnoses associated with immunosuppression or antibiotic administration. C.... Read More >>

Learning Collaborative 2019 Changes

In response to feedback from members, WSHA has made several significant changes to the structure of our training events in 2019. New name: WSHA has rebranded our training events as “Learning Collaboratives” to reflect aim of coming together to improve safety and quality at a regional level. The “Safe Table” name will be used solely... Read More >>

Darcy Jaffe joins WSHA as senior vice president for safety and quality

WSHA is thrilled to welcome Darcy Jaffe as the new senior vice president for safety and quality! Darcy will bring a collaborative, authentic approach to advancing safety and quality in our region, assisting our members in improving the health of the communities they serve. Darcy has a master’s degree in nursing and is an advanced... Read More >>

New Database to Include Outpatient Data, Set to Launch in 2019

WSHA is launching a comprehensive statewide claims database, PNWPop, which will go live in early 2019. In addition to reducing lag times for inpatient data, PNWPop will be the first comprehensive database of outpatient data in Washington. The data set will enable WSHA and member hospitals information for more robust quality improvement efforts, including a... Read More >>

Washington, Oregon hospital groups combine safety in

The Washington State Hospital Association and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems created the Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership, which brings care quality and safety initiatives together from both associations to serve all 169 hospitals and health systems in the two states. The partnership’s work will target 21 initiatives, such as reducing hospital... Read More >>

Ventilator infection prevention observation tool

More than 300,000 patients in the United States require mechanical ventilation as a life-saving therapy each year. Complications, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), are not uncommon. They can lead to increased length of stay, higher health care costs and an increased likelihood of readmission. VAP is one such complication, affecting as many as 20 percent of... Read More >>

WSHA PSA Huddle now open to all Washington hospitals

WSHA has completed the pilot phase of its Patient Safety Alert (PSA) huddles and is opening them up to all hospitals in the state.This extraordinary program is focused on sharing harm events and near misses across participating hospitals and clinics. The goal to improve safety and share best practices. WSHA originally launched PSA huddles with... Read More >>

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