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DoD PSP Treasure Chest: May/June Edition

DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest The Department of Defense Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest.

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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!

Focused Reviews

A Focused Review is published three times annually by the DoD Patient Safety Analysis Center to examine a topic of interest to the Military Health System community. This in-depth report helps identify systematic patterns, practices and processes that place patients at risk. Focused Reviews are accessible via the Patient Safety Learning Center.

Access Focused Reviews in the PSLC >>

Check-back

A check-back is 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® closed-loop communication strategy used to verify and validate information exchanged between health care professionals, patients and their family members. This strategy involves the receiver of a message accepting the message and confirming what was communicated, and the sender verifying that the message was accurately received.

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Patient Safety Champion Certificate of Recognition

A peer-to-peer recognition initiative led by the DoD Patient Safety Program that gives Direct CareDirect care refers to military hospitals and clinics, also known as “military treatment facilities” and “MTFs.”direct care Military Health System staff an opportunity to recognize clinical and non-clinical peers for the patient safety efforts within their local military treatment facility.

Learn more about how to submit a nomination >>

Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Awards Program

The awards program recognizes those who have shown initiative and commitment to the development of systems and processes that will help advance the MHS towards its goal of becoming a safer, higher quality system that promotes a culture that encourages learning, sharing and continuous improvement. Awards will recognize efforts in the four disciplines: Healthcare Quality, Patient Safety, Improved Access, and Patient Engagement.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019

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