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Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals)

The Health Systems Performance Branch (HSPB) within the Defense Health Agency integrates the Clinical Quality Program and the DoD Patient Safety Program.  Our goal is to promote improved quality and patient safety by engaging, educating and equipping patient care teams to ensure the deployment of and adherence to evidence-based safe practices and the use of relevant clinical performance indicators to eliminate preventable harm throughout the Military Health System (MHS). 

We support the military mission by integrating a systems approach to promoting a culture of transparency, collaboration and accountability across the MHS. These practices will increase the likelihood of desired patient outcomes, increase confidence in the MHS healthcare delivery and build organizational commitment to protect the health of the patients entrusted to our care.

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Occupational therapy: Restoring function and promoting independence

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4/22/2016
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Occupational Therapy is arguably the most misunderstood clinic in the hospital

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Green Star protects patients, staff

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4/20/2016
Registered nurse Sheila Carroll hangs a green star on the curtain to signify that this patient may wake up after surgery with Emergence Delirium.

For some patients waking up after surgery in a strange, unfamiliar place can result in intense agitation that can result in restlessness, confusion and combativeness

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Management and Reporting of Clinical Adverse Actions and Professional Misconduct for Privileged Health Care Providers and Non-Privileged Clinical Support Staff

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The purpose of this directive is to update and establish policy, assign responsibility, and prescribe procedures for the management and reporting of clinical adverse actions and professional misconduct for privileged health care providers and non-privileged clinical support staff for the Department of the Navy.

Belvoir Hospital “glues” its status as innovative facility with new varicose vein procedure

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4/1/2016
Marine Corps Capt. Brett Disher receives an ultrasound of his affected blood vessel prior to varicose vein correction surgery.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital was the first military treatment facility to perform varicose vein correction using medical-grade glue

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MHS must ‘recapture’ care from civilian health providers

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3/29/2016
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Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, spoke before the Society of American GastroIntestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) annual conference in Boston

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USS Eisenhower medical team performs shipboard surgery

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An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

USS Eisenhower has full surgery capabilities and a surgical team for emergencies

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Wartime innovation: Battleborn medical device saves lives at home

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Air Force Majors Timothy Williams, left, and Lucas Neff, right, perform bench top testing of balloon catheters at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., using a custom-made blood flow simulator.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the REBOA catheter, or resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta, in January 2016

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Womack tops quality ratings in care for new moms, babies

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Jamie Smith, left, an ultrasound technician at Womack Army Medical Center, performs an ultrasound on first-time mom, Jennifer Meilicke. (U.S. Army photo by Eve Meinhardt)

Womack Army Medical Center has statistically better rates than DoD and national averages in five key areas that indicate perinatal quality

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Bono: High reliability a continuing goal of Military Health System

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Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, addresses attendees of the High Reliability Health Care Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 24, 2016.

DHA Director Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono talked to attendees of the Johns Hopkins University-hosted High Reliability Health Care Summit in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Air Force continues to improve care in the air

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U.S. Airmen unload patients from a C-130H Hercules aircraft while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve on Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

The Air Force is committed to research and development for advancements in en route patient care

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Eglin hospital delivers unprecedented, complete cardiac care

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2/10/2016
Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Maria Lahti, the 96th Medical Operations Squadron’s chief cardiologist, manipulates a catheter under X-ray into a patient’s heart’s arteries during a cardiac catheterization.

Eglin’s hospital uses new capability - the cardiac catheterization

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Army physicians use creative solutions to treat child

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Doctors were at a loss for how to treat the wounds that had been plaguing their young patient

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New moms give high marks to SAMMC for labor, delivery care

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2/1/2016
Air Force 2nd Lt. Auriel Vokolek, (left), a nurse, takes newborn Isabella’s temperature as her mom, Air Force Staff Sgt. Keri Sorsby, holds her in the post-partum unit at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Jan. 25, 2016.

The San Antonio Military Medical Center remains the DoD’s highest-rated facility for maternal-child satisfaction

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Hospital leaders reverse cycle to better connect with staff, patients

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Air Force 1st Lt. Tomas Pasvogel, a clinical nurse, speaks with (from left) Army Col. Douglas Soderdahl, deputy commander for surgical services, Army Col. Richard Evans, deputy chief, Army Nurse Corps, and Brooke Army Medical Center Commander Army Col. Evan Renz during reverse cycle leadership rounding.

BAMC leaders are adjusting their schedules to ensure they're connecting with staff and patients from dusk till dawn.

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Travis doctor saves hero Airman's life

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Unbeknownst to the Air Force doctor, her early morning trauma patient was Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who became an international hero for thwarting a potential terrorist attack on a train headed to Paris

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