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May/June 2018 eBulletin

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The Department of Defense Patient Safety Program eBulletin delivers patient safety updates, news, useful tips and resources to help you deliver the highest quality of care to your patients. This month, we showcase how Patient Safety Awareness Week was celebrated around the DoD in March, explain Irwin Army Community Hospital’s leadership safety briefing structure and highlight the Army’s high reliability patient safety initiatives.

Announcements and Reminders

  • In May, the Military Health System’s theme is Mental Health. Learn more about this theme
  • New JPSR how-to videos are now available in JKO. Learn more.
  • Submissions for the Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Awards Program are now being accepted! Visit our web page for more information.
  • The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Patient Safety Congress is May 23-25 in Boston. Learn more.
  • The next eBulletin will publish in July 2018.
  • Do you have questions about the Continuing Education process? We can help! E-mail us.
  • Do you have an update from your facility? We’re always looking for good news stories and would love to hear from you! If you’d like to share an update please contact us via e-mail or Facebook and one of our team members will contact you.

Feature: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018 around the DoD

Military Treatment facilities worldwide were “United for Patient Safety” in a variety of ways during Patient Safety Awareness Week. Feature: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018 around the DoD.

Patient Safety In Action: Irwin Army Community Hospital Builds a Tiered Safety Briefing Structure

In less than a year, leaders at Irwin Army Community Hospital developed and launched a tiered leadership safety briefing that has improved the culture of safety. Patient Safety In Action: Irwin Army Community Hospital Builds a Tiered Safety Briefing Structure.

HRO Corner: Army Focuses on Leadership, Collaboration to Improve Patient Safety

The Army’s high reliability efforts focus on continuous learning and leadership engagement. HRO Corner: Army Focuses on Leadership, Collaboration to Improve Patient Safety.

DoD PSP Treasure Chest: May/June Edition

DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

Welcome to the May/June edition of the DoD PSP Treasure Chest! Each issue, we share resources to help you execute your day-to-day patient safety activities easily and effectively. Please visit us often and get access to tools and information developed for our committed MHS patient safety champions!

DoD PSP Treasure Chest: May/June Edition.

MHS Patient Safety Data Snapshot

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The MHS Patient Safety Data Snapshot is a monthly compilation of two types of patient safety data:

1) Sentinel Event notifications submitted to the Patient Safety Analysis Center; and

2) Anonymous, voluntarily reported patient safety events via the web-based incident reporting system known as JPSR.

This publication provides an MHS enterprise-level snapshot of trends in SEs and JPSR events so that providers and health care administrators can help identify areas for patient safety improvement in their facility and throughout the MHS.

Visit the Patient Safety Learning Center* to access the latest MHS Patient Safety Data Snapshot, available on the 15th of every month.

*Please visit the Patient Safety Analysis Center page to access and download this publication.

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Click on the image on the right to view/print a list of all upcoming patient safety activities.

Patient Safety Learning Circles

In-person or web-based forums focused on a specific topic.

TeamSTEPPSTeam Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) is an evidence-based teamwork system designed to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare. TeamSTEPPS consists of a collection of instructions, materials and tools to help drive a successful teamwork initiative from the initial planning to implementation through to sustainment. The system is designed to improve patient safety using a three-phase approach: Phase I Assessment: Facility determines organizational readiness; Phase II Planning, Training & Implementation: Facility “decides what to do” and “makes it happen;” and Phase III Sustainment: Facility spreads the improvements in teamwork performance, clinical processes and outcomes resulting from the TeamSTEPPS initiative.TeamSTEPPS® Webinar – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHA)

Please check our Calendar of Events for updates on this webinar.

The Joint Commission

There are multiple opportunities to attend accreditation and certification webinars offered by The Joint Commission.

Learn more about these opportunities >>

How to Make Change Happen: An Introduction to IHI's Psychology of Change Framework – Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

May 10, 2018 from 2-3 p.m. EDT

For the past 30 years, the IHI has worked with organizations around the world to improve health and health care using an approach to quality improvement that's grounded in W. Edwards Deming's System of Profound Knowledge. Dedicated improvers know that, to achieve results, we need to consistently apply systems thinking, an understanding of variation, and theories of knowledge.

But people are resistant to change. That's why the IHI Innovation Team has been researching and testing “psychology of change” ideas and methods to promote and accelerate successful, scalable, and sustainable improvement work. Join us to hear what they’ve learned from the past year. 

Patient Safety Learning Opportunity
  • Kate B. Hilton, JD, MTS, IHI faculty, senior consultant, ReThink Health
  • Alex Anderson, research associate, IHI
  • Michael Rose, MD, anesthesiologist, vice president of surgical services & chairperson of Community Board of Trustees, McLeod Regional Medical Center

Learn more about this opportunity >>

Giving Patients and Families the Tools to be Health Care Improvers – Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

May 17, 2018 from 2-3 p.m. EDT

Patient Safety Learning Opportunity
  • Amar Shah, consultant forensic psychiatrist & chief quality officer, East London NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Lindsey Bourne, director of education, PFCCpartners

Learn more about this opportunity >>

Opioids in the Acute Care Setting: Safety Considerations – ECRI Institute

May 24, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. EDT

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  • TBD

For more information on registering for this webinar, please e-mail or call (610) 825-6000, ext. 5800.

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