The Joint Commission releases a new sentinel event alert: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants

While Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) offer ease of use to patients, stopping bleeding events in patients on DOACs is more complicated, requiring different strategies than those for patients on warfarin (Coumadin®) and heparin.... Read More >>

Opportunity for education on Antimicrobial Stewardship

The Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN) is opening up its successful series of 10 webinars on Antimicrobial Stewardship.... Read More >>

Nominate now for WSHA awards, including new Governance Excellence Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Joe Hopkins Memorial Award, Community Health Leadership Award and Governance Excellence Award. ... Read More >>

Register today for the 2019 Washington Immunization Summit!

Please join WithinReach and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) for the second Washington State Immunization Summit, October 8, 2019, at the Lynnwood Convention Center.... Read More >>

Opioid prescription tracking data to be shared with nearly all states

The Department of Health recently announced that our state’s Prescription Monitoring Program, which is used to track opioid prescriptions, is now sharing data with nearly all states in the U.S. ... 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 Control and Prevention, 130 people die every day from an opioid overdose in the United States. We at WSHA are committed to increasing opioid stewardship... 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 risk in our systems and can instead proactively take steps to mitigate potential problems. Background WSHA is uniquely positioned to provide a confidential forum to... 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 valuable tool to help you and your team identify how an event took place. Once identified, you can then find out how to interpret the... 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 is expected to increase to 10 million deaths per year by 2050 if nothing is done. Because of this growing emergency, the United Nations created... Read More >>

IHI Virtual Training on 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. This month, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is hosting a five-session virtual training on “New Strategies for Preventing Falls” to tackle this common source of patient harm. Register for the IHI Virtual Expedition... Read More >>

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