CDC releases Vital Signs on opioids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its latest Vital Signs infographic. You can use it to initiate conversations about opioid prescribing practices at your facility. ... Read More >>

WSHA’s response to 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. ... Read More >>

Thank you Safe Table presenters: 3/22/2018

We were recently pleased to have the following WSHA members give presentations at Safe Table events!... Read More >>

AHA announces launch of innovation challenge

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced the launch of the AHA Innovation Challenge to source and spread new ideas and novel approaches for integrated care delivery and financing models designed for specific high-need, high-cost populations.... Read More >>

Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 11-17

Next week is Patient Safety Awareness Week: a dedicated time for growing awareness about patient safety. ... Read More >>

AHRQ one-day course May 11 to emphasize leadership, change management skills

On May 11, WSHA will host a one-day course from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that emphasizes leadership and change management skills in the context of perioperative enhanced recovery implementation. ... Read More >>

Standardized protocols to reduce risk of duodenoscope-associated infections

The FDA — along with the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention, representatives from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and other endoscope-culturing experts — has developed voluntary standardized protocols for duodenoscope surveillance sampling and culturing. ... Read More >>

Thank you Safe Table presenters!

We were recently pleased to welcome the following WSHA members who presented at Safe Table events!... Read More >>

Good reads: 2/28/2018

Clallam County Public Health Officer Dr. Chris Frank recently authored a column on on how value-based payments could potentially exacerbate health disparities. Value-based payments reward favorable health outcomes, but often health outcomes are tied to social factors, and Dr. Frank writes that this could make it a disincentive to care for sicker, less wealthy people. ... Read More >>

Synergy between nurses and automation could be key to finding sepsis early

Harborview Medical Center was highlighted in a NPR article for its work on the early recognition of sepsis using automated alerts. Dr. David Carlbom, a critical care pulmonologist, and the medical director of the sepsis program at the Harborview Medical Center, led the charge to develop a system that pulls information from the electronic health record to flag that a patient may have sepsis. ... Read More >>

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