Radiation dosage resources available for comparison

WSHA is committed to improving patient safety and reducing harm from all causes. Part of improving patient safety is ensuring that diagnostic imaging exams produce a clinically viable image to guide care without causing harm. The American College of Radiology produces two free sample reports through the Dose Index Registry: one for children and one for adults. These reports have been acknowledged as appropriate for comparison of target dose ranges by exam and age in the absence of established national benchmarks.... Read More >>

Falls and associated injuries: An on-going patient safety issue

Falls and associated injuries remain a serious patient safety problem, with between 700,000 and 1 million people falling in the hospital each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Up to 51 percent of falls result in injury or significant trauma, and they are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for adults older than 65. Several evidence-based interventions have been designed to prevent falls and associated injuries, and WSHA has resources that can help.... Read More >>

Taking a stand against violence

This Friday, June 9, we will join the American Hospital Association (AHA) in taking a stand against violence —in all its forms — to make our communities a safer place through the Hospitals Against Violence campaign, #HAVhope.... Read More >>

Penicillin: Patients over-report allergic reactions, proper use reduces antibiotic resistance

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 percent of U.S. patients report having had allergic reactions to a penicillin-class antibiotic. However, less than 1 percent of the population experience true IgE-mediated reactions, and 80 percent those who do lose their sensitivity after 10 years. The alternatives to penicillins are often broad-spectrum antibiotics, and their use among patients not truly allergic to penicillins is associated with higher health care costs, higher risk of antibiotic resistance and suboptimal antibiotic therapy.... Read More >>

Expanded support for antimicrobial stewardship

Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is important across the healthcare continuum – it’s not just for hospitals anymore! Qualis Health is looking for clinics, emergency departments, urgent care centers and retail clinics who would like to receive free materials, technical assistance, data and support in working on establishing AMS in their settings. The two-year initiative will assist outpatient settings to come into adherence with the CDC’s four elements of AMS in the Outpatient Setting: leadership commitment, implementing one policy or procedure, tracking data, and providing education to providers and patients about AMS.... Read More >>

Patient safety experts coming to you!

Last week, some of WSHA’s patient safety clinical directors had a meeting in Leavenworth with staff from six hospitals in the area. This meeting, and others like it, are being held as a response to interests from members in having more face-to-face connections with our clinical experts. While webcasts are time- and travel-efficient for learning, it’s... Read More >>

Infection reduction work gets HRET and CDC help

Washington State will soon join the Health Research Educational Trust’s (HRET’s) efforts around reducing hospital-acquired infections. The initiative is designed to strengthen infection control programs and practices through robust resources, such as on-demand education, national expert access, coaching and more. Health care has made amazing improvements in reducing infections in hospitals and other care settings, but we’re working to get to ZERO, and infections are relentless enemies.... Read More >>

Patient Blood Management can improve outcomes for anemia

More than 30 percent of the world’s population suffers from anemia, and cases of anemia increase during hospitalizations. Red blood cell transfusion is currently the primary treatment for anemia, but it’s also one of the most overused. Patient Blood Management can improve outcomes for these patients and save hospitals money. WSHA Senior Vice President of Patient Safety and Quality Operations Jennifer Graves will speak on the topic at the Foundation for Health Care Quality’s Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (COAP) Annual Statewide meeting June 6.... Read More >>

The benefits of telehealth

In most rural communities, access to specialists sometimes means traveling long distances, and very often recurring trips for needed care. It can include not only the cost of fuel to travel, but lodging, meals, care for school-age children or elderly family members while away, someone to look after the farm or business, plus sundry other issues. Telehealth can relieve some of those burdens on rural community members by increasing access to specialist via virtual visits.... Read More >>

DOH letter outlines syphilis screening recommendations during pregnancy

In 2015 and 2016, seven women in Washington State gave birth to eight infants with congenital syphilis. In response to this dramatic increase of a preventable disease, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) distributed a letter to women’s health providers outlining recommendations for syphilis screening during pregnancy. Up to 40 percent of babies born to women with untreated syphilis may be stillborn or die from the infection as newborns, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Read More >>

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