Measles outbreak in Clark County illustrates importance of vaccination

Washington’s Clark County is currently experiencing a measles outbreak that has led Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency. I am heartbroken that members of our Pacific Northwest community are being painfully impacted by this preventable disease. ... Read More >>

The Joint Commission proposes antimicrobial stewardship elements for ambulatory care

The Joint Commission (TJC) has recently proposed ambulatory Antimicrobial Stewardship elements. The proposals are open for review and feedback through Feb. 18, 2019. ... Read More >>

Statewide trainings available for sexual assault nurse examiners

The Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress is offering several trainings across the state for sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs). ... Read More >>

Upcoming training – Medicare Learning Network: New Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies

The Medicare Learning Network (MLN) will host a public training event on CMS Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies on Thursday, February 14th from 10:30-12:00pm PST. ... Read More >>

Reminder on timely submission of newborn screening specimens

The State Laboratory has shared a reminder to hospitals that the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct may affect transit times for newborn screening specimens. ... Read More >>

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 >>

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