WSHA’s Safety and Quality work positions members to best serve communities

WSHA strives to be a trusted voice and indispensable resource to our members — leading, challenging and assisting Washington hospitals in improving the health outcomes of their communities.... Read More >>

Recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week

We at WSHA want to take the opportunity during Patient Safety Awareness Week, recognized March 10-16 to recognize the important work and dedication of our Safety & Quality team. In collaboration with our members, the Safety & Quality team leads a variety of ground-breaking patient safety efforts in Washington State. ... Read More >>

CHI Franciscan fall prevention program a success

CHI Franciscan is making significant progress in reducing falls across their system. Within eight months of launching the ambitious fall prevention program, eight out of nine facilities exceeded the goal of 10 percent reduction in inpatient falls with injury. ... Read More >>

Measles outbreak in Clark County illustrates importance of vaccination

Washington’s Clark County is currently experiencing a measles outbreak that has led Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency. I am heartbroken that members of our Pacific Northwest community are being painfully impacted by this preventable disease. ... Read More >>

The Joint Commission proposes antimicrobial stewardship elements for ambulatory care

The Joint Commission (TJC) has recently proposed ambulatory Antimicrobial Stewardship elements. The proposals are open for review and feedback through Feb. 18, 2019. ... Read More >>

Statewide trainings available for sexual assault nurse examiners

The Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress is offering several trainings across the state for sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs). ... Read More >>

Upcoming training – Medicare Learning Network: New Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies

The Medicare Learning Network (MLN) will host a public training event on CMS Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies on Thursday, February 14th from 10:30-12:00pm PST. ... Read More >>

Reminder on timely submission of newborn screening specimens

The State Laboratory has shared a reminder to hospitals that the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct may affect transit times for newborn screening specimens. ... Read More >>

CNO and CQO Learning Collaborative

Save the date on March 20, 2019 for the first WSHA CNO and CQO Learning Collaborative, a day of learning and collaboration geared toward executive leaders responsible for safety and quality in their organizations. National and local experts will present best practices for preventing hospital acquired conditions and answer your biggest questions on what leaders... Read More >>

WSHA Hosts 2019 Webinar Series for 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. WSHA has planned an intensive 6-month learning series in 2019 designed specifically for hospitals to tackle fall and fall-with-injury rates. While extensive clinical research and evidence-based strategies in fall prevention exist, reducing falls with... Read More >>

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