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 >>

Protect your staff with zero-tolerance workplace violence programs

Does your facility have a zero-tolerance stance toward all forms of violence? Is there a comprehensive plan in place to protect your staff? On April 16, The Joint Commission issued the 59th Sentinel Event Alert to spotlight the escalating violence in the health care setting. Executive leaders are encouraged to take a zero-tolerance stance toward... Read More >>

A Message from the Senior Vice President of Patient Safety and Quality

Spring is finally here, and I’m looking forward to better weather, more time outdoors and more time with family as the school year comes to an end and summer begins. I’m also looking forward to bringing new energy and ideas to our work as we bring some exciting foundational elements for health care quality improvement... Read More >>

Patient and Family Engagement and Rapid Response Team data update

Thank you to all who participated in the transition from survey monkey to QBS for the Patient and Family Engagement (PFE) and Rapid Response Teams (RRT) data. We were able to achieve a 99 percent submission rate in the first quarter of 2018. We appreciate everyone who was involved in making this transition successful. Patient... Read More >>

WSHA hospitals participate in national readmissions pilot

Patient and caregiver interviews at the time of readmission are an effective way to identify the root cause of readmission. In March, five Washington hospitals participated in a Partnership for Patients Sepsis Readmission Interview Pilot to better identify root causes related to sepsis, which is the leading discharge diagnosis resulting in a high rate of readmissions.... Read More >>

Can effective antimicrobial stewardship decrease risk for sepsis?

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Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Program

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Supporting Professional Development for Critical Access Hospital Staff

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