Join the #BoldForBlood Challenge!

To combat the local blood shortage, WSHA member Bloodworks NW has introduced the #BoldForBlood Challenge to empower Bloodworks donors, supporters and employees to make a difference.... Read More >>

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

In 2011, the Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month to put a spotlight on sepsis and sepsis awareness, offering free resources for health care systems their website.... Read More >>

WSHA Developing Robust Data Follow-up Process

To ensure data integrity and help WSHA better support hospitals in their quality improvement efforts, WSHA is in the process of developing a robust data submission follow-up process. WSHA staff... Read More >>

Ventilator-associated events: Definition and prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new ventilator-associated event (VAE) definitions in 2013 and, while more than 2000 hospitals in the United States report their VAE rates... Read More >>

Kittitas Valley Healthcare’s journey to just culture

About five years ago, the quality department at Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH), took a hard look at the value they were providing to the organization. One of the things they... Read More >>

CDC Releases new online training modules on antibiotic stewardship

Antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria do not respond to the mechanisms of the drugs designed to kill them, is one of the most serious public health concerns in the... Read More >>

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest Streamlining and Simplifying Processes

Humorist and cowboy Will Rogers observed “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Honoring Choices PNW is excited about the... Read More >>

The Sepsis Alliance launches the Sepsis Coordinator Network

In July, the Sepsis Alliance—an advocacy organization dedicated to saving lives and reducing suffering from sepsis—launched The Sepsis Coordinator Network . The Sepsis Coordinator Network is a community that provides... Read More >>

SAMHSA offers suicide prevention tools for health care settings

Most people who attempt suicide have received health care in the previous year, making care settings crucial venues for providing information, offering services, such as screening for depression, or offering... Read More >>

Washington better than most states in maternal mortality, but there is more to do

In an effort to continue to promote the very best care and safety to patients in Washington, WSHA launched Maternity Watch in fall 2017. This is a new program designed to optimize early recognition and response to maternal warning signs for severe hypertension/preeclampsia, maternal hemorrhage, sepsis and cardiopulmonary events to reduce severe maternal morbidity and mortality.... Read More >>

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