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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 >>

Are Patients Aware of Sepsis?

Sepsis is the leading cause of death in children worldwide, yet according to a survey conducted by the Sepsis Alliance most parents cannot identify the signs and symptoms of sepsis. ... Read More >>

Protect Our Patients and Communities with the Flu Vaccine

The Washington State Department of Health issued a notice to healthcare providers with important details about the flu vaccine. Information is below, with additional details here. ... Read More >>

The Toolkit from AHRQ for Fall and Pressure Injury Prevention

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has designed a toolkit to assist hospitals with the implementation of evidenced-based practices in both, fall and pressure injury prevention. The toolkits developed support health care facilities design, develop, operationalize and importantly, sustain an effective fall and pressure injury prevention program. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA)... Read More >>

WSHA is moving away from using Survey Monkey to Collect PFE and RRT data

Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) to start using a data portal QBS for PFE and RRT quarterly measures... Read More >>

WA overdose notification system about to launch

There seems to be more headlines every day about the opioid epidemic, with Tom Petty now joining the list of public figures who have fallen victim to a fatal opioid overdose. A recent article from The New York Times followed a family for an entire year as they tried to help their son overcome addiction, facing constant worry, hope and chaos.... Read More >>

WSHA, WSMA’s Joint Opioid Safe Practices Task Force supports governor’s legislation

WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association’s Joint Opioid Safe Practices Task Force supports Gov. Inslee’s legislation (HB 2489 & SB 6150) aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic in Washington State.... Read More >>

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