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AHRQ Toolkit Designed to Reduce Urinary Tract Infections and Other HAIs in Senior Living Communities

AHRQ has released a new evidence-based toolkit that can help senior living communities reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and other health care-associated infections (HAIs). According to AHRQ, the toolkit provides resources to enhance leadership and staff engagement, teamwork, and safety culture, to facilitate reliable use of evidence-based practices. The toolkit includes instructional materials and resources in infection prevention best practices (e.g., foundational infection prevention strategies, CAUTI prevention, antibiotic stewardship), resident and family engagement, quality improvement, and sustainability to guide your facility through implementing an improvement project to reduce HAIs.

New Toolkit for Patient Identification

The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative convened and operated by ECRI Institute, has released a new toolkit – Health IT Safe Practices: Toolkit for the Safe Use of Health IT for Patient Identification. Thetoolkit outlines eight safe practice recommendations for safe health IT practices for patient identification along with actionable resources to facilitate implementation of the recommendations.

The recommendations are a robust culmination of a multi-stakeholder workgroup based on a deep dive of patient identification-related safety events reported to ECRI Institute PSO. Trish Lugtu, Sr. Manager, Advanced Analytics Solutions, participated on this workgroup to offer an analytical perspective based on malpractice claims data and continues to represent Constellation, a committed Collaborating Organization of the Partnership since 2015.

Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week March 12-18, 2017

Take the pledge for patient safety!

Take the pledge for patient safety and play an active role in the United for Patient Safety campaign in support of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) offers a number of ways to take action and show your commitment to patient safety including taking the pledge, sharing your plans for the week, getting ideas for activities and downloading campaign materials.

Join MMIC, UMIA and Arkansas Mutual for a complimentary webinar, The I-PASS Program: Implementing Handoff Improvements to Improve Patient Safety, on Wednesday March 15th from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Central Time.

CMS & TJC: Secure Text Messaging for Patient Care Orders Is NOT Acceptable

Recently, The Joint Commission (TJC) in collaboration with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that secure text messaging for patient orders is NOT acceptable.

TJC and CMS have developed a clarification stating that texting orders is NOT acceptable and the following recommendations regarding texting of protected health information:

All health care organizations should have policies prohibiting the use of unsecured text messaging (that is, short message service (SMS) text messaging from a personal mobile device) for communicating protected health information. TJC standard IM.02.01.01EP1 requires organizations to have a written policy addressing the privacy of health information. This requirement also extends to the privacy of health information transmitted though text messaging.

• TJC and CMS agree that computerized provider order entry (CPOE) should be the preferred method for submitting orders as it allows providers to directly enter orders into the electronic health record (EHR).  CPOE helps ensure accuracy and allows the provider to view and respond to clinical decision support recommendation and alerts.

• In the event that a CPOE or written order cannot be submitted, a verbal order is acceptable.  However, verbal orders should be used infrequently, and the use of verbal orders should be closely monitored to ensure that these are only used when it is impossible or impractical to use CPOE or written orders without delaying treatment.  Verbal orders are not to be used for the convenience of the ordering practitioner.

WHO Guidelines on Surgical Site Infections

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection to address the issues of surgical site infections (SSI). Health care-associated infections (HAI) are acquired by patients while receiving care and represent the most frequent adverse event affecting patient safety worldwide. In the United States, SSI contribute to patients spending more than 400 000 extra days in hospital at a cost of an additional $10 billion per year.

The aim of these guidelines is to provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based recommendations for interventions to be applied during the pre-, intra- and postoperative periods for the prevention of SSI. Read more at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/recommendations-surgical-infections/en/

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