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FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics

The FDA recently announced it will update labels for fluoroquinolone antibiotics to increase warnings about the risks of associated adverse mental health effects and serious blood sugar disturbances. The agency is stating that the updates aim to make the warnings more consistent across all labels for fluroquinolone that are taken orally or injected.... Read More >>

WSHA/WSMA opioid taskforce given a seat at roundtable with surgeon general

WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association’s (WSMA’s) joint opioid taskforce was granted a seat at a private meeting with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams in Seattle June 29. The meeting included just 25 individuals representing local and government agencies, with WSMA Associate Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs Jeb Shepard representing the WSHA/WSMA taskforce.... Read More >>

Waiver amendment allows WA to better serve patients with substance use disorders

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced on July 17 final federal approval of an amendment to the state’s Medicaid Transformation waiver, ensuring the state can continue treating substance use disorders in the most appropriate way.... Read More >>

WSHA’s work helps prevent 8,000 deaths nationally

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) reported June 5 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) initiatives have been successful in making care safer across the country. WSHA serves as one of CMS’s HIIN partners.... Read More >>

WSHA provides guidance on service animals in Washington State hospitals

In response to member questions, WSHA has created a document to assist hospitals and health systems in complying with laws applicable to service animals, including a new law enacted in Washington State that WSHA supported. Member hospitals have been increasingly challenged by situations involving animals that are not service animals, but whose owners expect to bring them onto hospital property and into clinical areas. ... Read More >>

Tool available for responding to community health needs assessment

Hospitals and health systems want to make an impact when responding to community health needs assessments, but searching for examples of successful community health interventions can take tremendous time and energy. The CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator brings together tools, resources and examples to help hospitals and health systems get started.... Read More >>

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest produced three new videos about advance care planning (ACP). In 90 seconds or less, the videos explain key concepts about ACP, choosing a health care agent and what an advance directive accomplishes. Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest has produced three new videos about advance care planning (ACP). In 1 ½ minutes or... Read More >>

Overlake Medical Center celebrates patient safety awareness week

To celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week March 11-17, Overlake Medical Center created related booths for staff and visitors to view and test safety-related knowledge and to promote the importance of patient safety. Patient Safety Awareness Week is held each year to increase awareness about patient safety among health care professionals and the public. More pictures... Read More >>

WSHA’s Safe Deliveries Roadmap responds to the ARRIVE Trial

In February, the abstract from the ARRIVE trial — a multi-center randomized controlled trial comparing induction of labor at 39 weeks gestation with expectant management of labor in first-time mothers —was presented at the annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) conference in Dallas, Texas. The findings presented indicate that cesarean birth rates were lower in... Read More >>

Patient Safety Alert Huddles prevent patient harm through real-time sharing

WSHA is hosting Patient Safety Alert (PSA) Huddles to increase transparency and promote Culture of Safety. This program began in February 2017 and promotes real-time sharing of safety issues or near-miss events from participating organizations, hospitals and clinics in a protected environment. One of the main goals of the PSA Huddles is to provide a... Read More >>

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