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 timely and appropriate treatment. The Joint Commission has released a Sentinel Event Alert to help manage these risks. While DOACs offer ease-of-use to patients, stopping... 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 will be discussed in a webinar on Sep. 10. Representatives from large and small hospitals across the state, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control... 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 the submission process, rural facilities wishing to be considered submitted answers to 10 essay questions. Submissions were blinded and evaluated by a panel of judges.... 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 of opioid overdose, hospitals in Washington are implementing protocols to administer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in the emergency department (ED). EDs are essential health care access... 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 raise awareness of sepsis, the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals. September has been designated as Sepsis Awareness Month by the Sepsis Alliance, the... Read More >>

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 >>

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