Safety culture

Jul 17, 2018
AHA expresses disappointment that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is shutting down the National Guidelines Clearinghouse.
Dec 11, 2017
As TeamSTEPPS becomes implemented into the health care environment, it can be challenging to sustain efforts without physician engagement and continual involvement. Join us on Wednesday, January 10 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, “Physician Engagement in TeamSTEPPS and Patient…
Nov 21, 2017
Health care facilities can download a new Food and Drug Administration poster summarizing the agency’s 2013 recommendations to prevent infection risks associated with damaged or worn hospital bed mattress covers. Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for environmental…
Nov 21, 2017
Many health care providers do not support using text messaging for medical orders, according to a survey released last week by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The 778 respondents included nurses, pharmacists, prescribers, medication safety officers and others. One-third of respondents…
Oct 12, 2017
One of the most important steps you can take to avoid serious, flu-related illnesses is to be vaccinated.Who needs a flu vaccine? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, particularly people who are at a high…
Aug 21, 2017
Looking for more evidence of the stellar work being done in health care across the country? You’ll find it in the latest annual report on health care quality and disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).The AHA has worked closely with AHRQ on a number of safety and…
May 12, 2017
Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? If so, consider applying for the 2018 Circle of Life Award.Since 1999, the “Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in End-of-Life Care” has honored shining examples of human compassion – care that helps people…
Mar 16, 2017
By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Katie MockaitisHospitals have made impressive strides in improving care in the inpatient setting and are applying those lessons to outpatient care.Funded through a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the AHA’s Health Research…
Mar 15, 2017
By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N.Patient safety experts agree that communication and teamwork skills are essential for providing quality health care.  When all clinical and nonclinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors,…
Mar 10, 2017
March 12-18 is “Patient Safety Awareness Week,” when the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages hospitals and other health care organizations to host local activities promoting awareness of the need to continually improve patient safety and to involve the public in those improvement efforts.…