Resources for maternal addiction and neonatal abstinence syndrome

A national trend on the rise also causing concern in Washington is the dramatic increase in maternal addiction and neonatal abstinence syndrome. To address the increased need for information and resources to treat addicted women and their babies, the Safe Deliveries Roadmap program has focused recent educational sessions for clinicians and staff on how to navigate the rise in maternal addiction.... Read More >>

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest off to a strong start

After the first six months of data, Honoring Choices© Pacific Northwest is proud to report the growing impact this joint initiative is having on advance care planning, even such early stages.... Read More >>

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week released the first module in a new online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain.... Read More >>

Planning that honors your values

National Healthcare Decisions Day — this year celebrated April 16-22 — is an excellent time to reflect on the increasing importance of advance care planning to the community and organizations. This year’s theme is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late,” which is applicable both to the public and health care providers.... Read More >>

Register now for the Northwest Patient Safety Conference

The Washington State Hospital Association is collaborating with the Washington Patient Safety Coalition in planning the 15th Annual Northwest Patient Safety Conference. The event will convene May 11 near SeaTac Airport and will feature presentations by David Classen, CMIO of Pascal Metrics, and Dorothy Teeter, Director of the Washington State Health Care Authority. It will also feature and a two-hour workshop on CRP by Dr. Tom Gallagher from the University of Washington.... Read More >>

WSHA toolkit to help fight clostridium difficile

Hospitals are facing many challenges with a number of infections impacting patients, staff and their finances. Clostridium difficile (CDI) caused nearly 500,000 infections and 29,000 deaths in 2011. WSHA has developed a comprehensive toolkit to help hospitals target contributing factors and implement corrective actions to eliminate CDI.... Read More >>

Fighting superbugs in Washington State

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “superbugs,” are growing and becoming a major public health threat. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 30 percent of antibiotics used in the United States are either inappropriate or unnecessary. If we continue on the same trajectory we are on today, an estimated 10 million people around the globe will die annually from resistant infections by 2050.... Read More >>

WSHA to release workplace violence prevention toolkit

In Washington State and across the nation, health caregivers have experienced an increase in assaults from patients, families and visitors. Frequently related to an existing mental health or substance abuse crisis, hospitals often do not have an effective infrastructure to proactively identify patients at risk for violence and appropriately manage the situation from a clinical and multi-disciplinary perspective to prevent injury. ... Read More >>

New AHA Hospitals Against Violence resource available

In a new podcast hosted by AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum and Hospitals Against Violence initiative, Carilion Clinic Chief Medical Officer Patrice Weiss, M.D., shares how the Roanoke, VA, health care organization is working with others in the community to prevent child abuse and domestic violence.... Read More >>

How patient engagement is transforming health care

In a recent Forbes article, four hospital CEOs discussed the role of patient engagement in quality care. All of them made clear the key messages regarding the importance of patient and family engagement. One of the examples they discussed was Patient and Family Engagement Councils, also known as Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs), which is one of the best practices recommended by the Partnership for Patients initiative, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).... Read More >>

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