The Joint Commission releases a new sentinel event alert: Managing the risks of direct oral anticoagulants

Anticoagulants are the No. 2 top medication involved in adverse drug events leading to death or serious harm. Risks to patients on Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) can be avoided with... Read More >>

What to know about new standardized isolation signage

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is pleased to announce that the standardized isolation precaution signage has been updated at the request of hospitals in Washington State; the new signage... Read More >>

Rural Quality Award winner for 2019 is Kittitas Valley Healthcare

In recognition of outstanding improvement in the safety and quality of rural health care, the 2019 “Rural Quality ~ Everyday Extraordinary” award has been awarded to Kittitas Valley Healthcare. During... Read More >>

MAT in the ED: A critical lifeline for patients with opioid use disorder in Washington

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Washington –in 2017, there were at least 742 opioid-involved overdose deaths. To provide an important lifeline to patients at risk... Read More >>

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Did you know sepsis takes more lives than opioids, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined? Every September, health care providers, the public and organizations big and small come together to... Read More >>

Opioid Prescribing Reports — coming soon!

Many of you are aware that the opioid epidemic has continued to increase in recent years, with devastating impacts on communities across the nation. According to the Centers for Disease... Read More >>

Sign Your Hospital up for Patient Safety Alert (PSA) Huddles

Situation Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. By sharing our safety events, other hospitals don’t have to experience an event to learn about... Read More >>

Validated Gap Analysis tool for CAUTI

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a wealth of materials to prevent HAIs, including Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI). AHRQ’s CAUTI Event Report Template is a... Read More >>

Antibiotic Resistance: A Growing Global Crisis

Antibiotic stewardship continues to be an essential component of safety and quality patient care in our hospital settings. Annually, at least 700,000 people die from drug-resistant diseases, and that number... Read More >>


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