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NPSF Report on Root Cause Analysis Wednesday, July 08, 2015 Default-avatar

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has released a report, RCA²: Improving Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm, to help health care professionals standardize the root cause analysis (RCA) process and improve the way they investigate medical errors, adverse events and near misses.

Learn more at http://www.npsf.org/?page=RCA2

According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), hospital and healthcare executives have a unique role to play in social media execution. AHA’s Hospital Leadership Guide to Digital & Social Media Engagement will help health care organizations determine what platforms to use, how to define success and understand legal implications.

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) has launched a nationwide initiative to prevent bile duct injuries during cholecystectomy. At the 2015 annual meeting, SAGES kicked off the Safe Cholecystectomy Program, a major education campaign that encourages surgeons to adopt a universal culture of safety for cholecystectomy to minimize the risk of bile duct injury using the following six strategies:

The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) announces National Healthcare Risk Management Week, June 15-19, 2015. This annual campaign raises awareness about the critical role risk managers and safety professionals play in patient safety and care practices, quality assurance, safe work environments and liability. It also promotes solutions to help prevent some of the most common adverse events.

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has issued new guidance regarding the management of animals in healthcare settings. Published in the May 2015 issue of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Animals in Healthcare Facilities: Recommendations to Minimize Potential Risks, is intended to help acute care hospitals and ambulatory care facilities develop or modify policies related to animals based on their role. It offers guidance in four categories: