mednews-logo.300As we near the end of Patient Safety Awareness Week 2016, it is certainly evident that there is progress to be applauded! Now, let us move forward, united by our commitment to championing  the patient safety agenda across the healthcare continuum. Here’s a roundup of important healthcare quality and patient safety stories you need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Speak Up fo Your Safety: 5 Tips to Be a Partner in Your Care
    In recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week, Brigham and Women’s Hospital published  5 tips that patients can use to promote successful partnerships with clinicians when seeking medical care. Safety Matters
  2. Slashing CAUTI Rates
    Northwell Health, a 21-hospital system in New York, reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 60% from 2012 to 2015. Learn more about their strategies and how other organizations have achieved similar results. HealthLeaders Media
  3. Bridging Efforts to Improve Patient Safety and Public Health
    Jeffrey Brady MD, MPH, Director of AHRQ Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety speaks to the need for a renewed focus on reducing harm, sharing lessons learned and applying knowledge gained to develop improvement strategies.  AHRQ Views
  4. Thousands of New ICD-10 Codes Slated for October Release
    Access the list of more than 5,000 new diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes that CMS and the CDC will add to the ICD-10 coding system for the fiscal year 2017. HealthData Management
  5. CDC Issues Opioid Guidelines for ‘Doctor-Driven’ Epidemic
    The CDC released new recommendations for the distribution of opioid painkillers with the intention of curbing a serious epidemic of prescription overdoes that currently kills 40 Americans each day. MedScape
  6. The End of Prescriptions as We Know Them in New York
    While New York is not the first state to do away with handwritten prescriptions, it is the first to set penalties, including fines and jail time, for physicians who fail to follow the law. New York Times
  7. Hopkins: ‘Cascading Accountability’ Boosts Ambulatory Quality, Safety
    Learn more about Johns Hopkins Medicine’s model for high quality care in ambulatory settings that has yielded improvements in metrics for breast cancer screenings, childhood immunizations, diabetes management and prenatal care.  HealthLeaders Media
  8. A New Federal Agency to Oversee Patient Safety?
    While many organizations in the government and nonprofit sectors have patient safety high on their priority lists, no central entity exists to coordinate and align these organizations’ initiatives in a way that would help stop duplication of programs and identify best practices that could reduce medical errors and propel patient safety nationwide. The Health Care Blog
  9. Improving Psychiatric Care: One Nurse-Led Idea
    Angela Mackay, MSN, BSN, PHN, RN, a psychiatric resource nurse at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minn., saw the need for quality mental health staff to help with crisis situations on non-mental health units. Discover how the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) that she pioneered promotes patient-centered interventions and minimizes the use of unnecessary restraints and medication.  Nursing Notes