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Meeting/Conference > Maryland Meeting/Conference
Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. November 5-6, 2019; Constellation Energy Building, Baltimore, MD.
Web Resource > Database/Directory
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Patient Safety Organization (PSO) program seeks to gather and analyze nonidentifiable patient safety incident data to track concerns and reduce risks. This website provides data submitted from PSOs and other organizations in reports, chartbooks, and dashboards. These tools enable the wide dissemination of information to inform organizational improvement strategies.
Audiovisual > Audiovisual Presentation
Rockville, MD. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 2019.
Surveys are established mechanisms for organizational assessment of safety culture. This webinar provided an overview of the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture. The presenters discussed the organizational characteristics required for successful web-based distribution of the survey and shared best practices for formatting, programming, and administering the surveys.
CDC Vital Signs. May 7, 2019.
Maternal morbidity and mortality is a worldwide patient safety problem. This analysis describes the prevalence of pregnancy-related death and areas of concern during pregnancy, at delivery, and up to a year postpartum. It reports that 60% of these deaths are preventable and provides suggestions for families, clinicians, and systems to reduce risks.
Journal Article > Study
Vital signs: pregnancy-related deaths, United States, 2011–2015, and strategies for prevention, 13 states, 2013–2017.
Petersen EE, Davis NL, Goodman D, et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019;68:423-429.
Maternal safety is a critical concern in health care, and prior studies have discussed racial and ethnic disparities in patient safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined trends in pregnancy-related deaths between 2011 and 2015. This analysis found that black women had rates of maternal mortality 3.5 times that of white women; Native American/Alaska Native women had rates 2.5 times higher than white women. About 60% of deaths were deemed preventable, and leading causes included cardiovascular events such as venous thromboembolism, infection, and hemorrhage. The study team recommends implementing interventions at health system, provider, community, and patient levels to prevent maternal mortality. A recent Annual Perspective on maternal safety touched on the persistently higher death rates among black women and discussed national initiatives to improve outcomes in maternity care.
Famolaro T, Yount ND, Hare R, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2019. AHRQ Publication No. 19-0033.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality conducts safety culture surveys in a wide variety of clinical settings and makes the results publicly available on a regular basis. This report contains responses to the Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture from 331 participating pharmacies, most of which were chain drugstores or pharmacies within integrated health systems. The areas of strength were similar to the 2015 report, with most community pharmacies scoring well for patient counseling and openness of communication regarding unsafe situations. Inadequate staffing and production pressures were the commonly identified barriers to safety. A PSNet perspective explored safety issues in the community pharmacy setting in detail.
Journal Article > Study
Perceptions of pediatric hospital safety culture in the United States: an analysis of the 2016 Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture.
Gampetro PJ, Segvich JP, Jordan N, Velsor-Friedrich B, Burkhart L. J Patient Saf. 2019 Mar 29; [Epub ahead of print].
Measuring hospital safety culture is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Although the relationship between a strong safety culture and improved outcomes for patients is not well established in existing literature, developing a sound safety culture is considered important for patient safety. In this cross-sectional study using data from the AHRQ Survey on Hospital Patient Safety Culture, researchers sought to understand the perceptions of pediatric hospital safety culture among interprofessional health care providers working at 287 pediatric hospitals or units. In keeping with prior research, they found that perceptions of safety culture among pediatric professionals, including nurses, physician assistants/nurse practitioners, physicians, and hospital administrators, varied both within hospitals and units. The authors identified safety culture dimensions that could be targeted for improvement and determined that all four professional groups perceived a punitive work culture. A past PSNet perspective emphasized the importance of establishing a culture of safety.
Grant > Government Resource
US Department of Health and Human Services. Program Announcement No. RFA-HS-19-003.
Hochman M, Bourgoin A, Saluja S, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; March 2019. AHRQ Publication No. 18(19)-0055-EF.
Programs are in place to address hospital discharge process gaps that contribute to readmissions. This report summarizes research on primary care perspectives on reducing readmissions. Interventions identified include automated alerting to primary care providers when patients are hospitalized and the patient-centered medical home model.
Journal Article > Study
Kwan BM, Fernald D, Ferrarone P, et al. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019;32:136-145.
Famolaro T, Yount ND, Hare R, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; February 2019. AHRQ Publication No. 19-0027-EF.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture to assess safety culture in long-term care facilities. This report summarizes survey data from nearly 10,500 staff working in 191 nursing homes. Respondents reported positive perceptions of resident safety and feedback and communication about incidents. Areas needing improvement included comfort with speaking up about safety concerns and sufficient staffing. As in prior studies of safety culture, managers reported higher safety culture scores compared to frontline staff. Most respondents reported that they would recommend the facility where they worked to friends and family. A past PSNet interview explored unique issues surrounding patient safety in the nursing home population.
Journal Article > Commentary
Adams JM, Giroir BP. JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179:476-478.
Physicians are in a unique position to address conditions that contribute to the opioid epidemic. This commentary highlights studies that examine the public health nature of the crisis. The authors call for physicians to educate communities, model empathy, and bring stakeholders together to address the community facilitators of opioid misuse.
Journal Article > Commentary
Pursuing patient safety at the intersection of design, systems engineering, and health care delivery research: an ongoing assessment.
Henriksen K, Rodrick D, Grace EN, Shofer M, Brady PJ. J Patient Saf. 2019 Feb 9; [Epub ahead of print].
Applying systems engineering strategies from problem analysis through postimplementation evaluation can lead to solutions grounded in actual practice and learning for individuals, teams, and organizations. This commentary discusses the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality patient safety learning laboratories initiative. The authors, who serve as program officers and oversee the grants, review lessons learned through experiences of grantees.
AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014–2017.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 2019.
Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) represent a significant source of preventable harm to patients. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services financially penalizes hospitals with increased numbers of HACs through the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program. This policy of nonpayment has prompted hospitals to focus significant resources on preventing HACs. This AHRQ report found a reduction in HACs from 99 per 1000 acute care discharges to 86 per 1000 discharges between 2014 and 2017, representing a decrease in 910,000 HACs and savings of $7.7 billion. Declines in certain HACs such as adverse drug events and Clostridium difficile infections were noted to be more significant as compared to others. A past WebM&M commentary highlighted the clinical significance of HACs and described an incident involving a patient who developed a pressure ulcer while in the hospital.
Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcement to Improve Care Transitions Through the Use of Interoperable Health Information Technology (R01).
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 28, 2019. AHRQ Publication No. NOT-HS-19-009.
The introduction of information technology has transformed health care. This notice of intent from AHRQ announces an upcoming funding opportunity to support research exploring the adoption of interoperable information technologies to improve communication during transitions. The pending funding will help to refine and develop methods to assess implementation success.
Journal Article > Study
Kahwati LC, Sorensen AV, Teixeira-Poit S, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2019;45:231–240.
Labor and delivery is an inherently high-risk care setting. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality adapted its Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program, a best practice toolkit incorporating teamwork, human factors engineering principles, and simulation training, for labor and delivery. In this pre–post evaluation study, staff reported improved safety culture and teamwork. Obstetric trauma and primary cesarean delivery rates declined after the intervention, but neonatal birth trauma rates increased. The authors note that incomplete implementation and lack of sustained program participation observed in the study should be addressed in order to improve obstetric and neonatal care safety. A recent Annual Perspective emphasizes the rising rate of severe maternal morbidity and summarizes national initiatives to improve safety in maternity care.
Journal Article > Government Resource
Scholl L, Seth P, Kariisa M, Wilson N, Baldwin G. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019;67:1419-1427.
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report provides drug and opioid overdose death figures for 2016. The rate of overdose deaths continues to rise, with the largest increase due to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. The report calls for enhancing prevention and response measures, including the use of naloxone.
Levinson DR. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; November 2018. Report No. OEI-06-14-00530.
Frail populations cared for in long-term care facilities are at high risk for adverse events. This report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) analyzed Medicare data from 2008 to 2016 to determine the prevalence of adverse events in long-term care facilities and the resultant harm to residents. Nearly half of patients experienced adverse events or temporary harm events. A significant proportion of these events were considered serious, meaning that they led to prolonged stay, transfer to acute care, provision of life-saving intervention, or resulted in permanent harm or death. More than half of these events were found to be preventable and were attributed either to error or substandard care. The OIG recommends that patient safety efforts undertaken by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services specifically address long-term care facilities. A past WebM&M commentary discussed safety and quality of long-term care.
Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs.
Washington, DC: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; November 28, 2018.
Clinician burnout is a persistent threat to patient safety, and electronic health records have been identified as a high-profile contributor to the problem. This call for public comments on a draft report seeks insights on specific goals and recommended strategies to address the issue. The approaches outlined focus on reducing the time burden associated with frontline electronic health record use. The option for submitting comments is closed.
Journal Article > Review
Joseph A, Henriksen K, Malone E. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018;37:1884-1891.
The built environment influences the safety and effectiveness of care delivery. This narrative review examines how care facility design can reduce health care–associated infections, falls, and medication errors. The authors provide suggestions regarding a range of facility design strategies and discuss how accreditation, funding, and policy organizations can support design projects as improvement efforts.