Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (March 6, 2015)

March 8-14, 2015 is Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Patient Safety Awareness Week

The National Patient Safety Foundation explains the theme of this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week:

The theme for 2015 is “United in Safety.” Everyone in the health care process plays a role in delivering safe care and by uniting together and sharing that common goal, we can make a difference in patient safety. From patients to care providers, from the front lines to the executive suite, from the patient and family advocate to the corporate solutions provider — we are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm. The focus of this campaign is patient engagement and emphasizes the importance of the relationship between providers and patients and their families. Enhanced communication begins with an informed and engaged patient and helps to lead to safer care.

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Sedation Safety Week

DOCS Education is presenting a weeklong series of safety events and programs to mark the seventh annual Sedation Safety Week. “Perpetual learning is more than advisable, it is an ethical imperative,” says Dr. Michael Silverman, founder and national chairman of Sedation Safety Week.

To honor that goal, Sedation Safety Week will feature this session – “Best Practices Using Capnography – Oral health teams will be provided the knowledge essential for utilizing this life-saving form of patient monitoring.”

Excellence in Opioid Safety

A featured presentation on opioid safety will be made at the Surgical Conference & Expo hosted by Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) taking place March 8-10, 2015.

Speaking at the presentation will be:

  • Kenneth Rothfield, MD, MBA (System Chief Medical Officer, St. Vincent’s Healthcare) – on the board of advisors for the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
  • Lynn Razzano, MSN, RN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
  • Amy Ketchum, MS, RN, OCNS-C

Reducing the Risk of Respiratory Compromise

In a special roundtable discussion to be hosted by the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC), healthcare leaders from pulmonary medicine and related fields will review and discuss how to reduce the risk of respiratory compromise.

Tools to Improve Patient Safety

To help improve patient safety, two tools could be helpful:

  1. Recommendations for Management of Pressure Ulcers – The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently issued clinical practice guidelines for the management of pressure ulcers.
  1. Predicting Post-Op ComplicationsResearchers from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta are debuting a 1-minute assessment that can determine a patient’s likelihood of suffering post-op complications.


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