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The Military Health System (MHS) is an interconnected network of Service Members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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Continuing Education Update: Types of CEs offered for approved DoD Patient Safety Program Educational Activities

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11/1/2016
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The DoD Patient Safety Program offers eight types of continuing education (CE) credit for TeamSTEPPS Train the Trainer, Train the Staff, and other pre-approved educational activities, based on attendee eligibility and provision of necessary requirements by the attendee.

DoD PSP Treasure Chest: November Edition

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11/1/2016
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Welcome to the November edition of the DoD PSP Treasure Chest! Every month, we will be sharing 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 with you, our committed MHS patient safety champions, in mind!

Feature: Next Steps with Your MHS Patient Safety Culture Survey Results

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11/1/2016
Washing your hands is one way to prevent the spread of disease, including swine flu. While emphasizing caution, the surgeon general of the Army said there's no reason to be alarmed by swine flu, because there are treatments available.  "There is no cause for panic or alarm," wrote Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, U.S. Army surgeon general in his blog. "Antiviral drugs are available in the event you become ill; and there are preventive measures you can take to stay healthy."  The Army Medical Command recommends Soldiers and their families avoid contracting the swine flu by avoiding those who already have the flu, and by washing their hands often.

Earlier this year, Military Health System (MHS) staff at military treatment facilities (MTFs) worldwide completed the 2016 MHS Patient Safety Culture Survey (Culture Survey). The data from this survey is key in aiding the MHS journey towards high reliability. Staff from across the MHS, including inpatient facilities, outpatient facilities and dental ...

HRO Corner: The New Modules of the Patient Safety Professional Course

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11/1/2016
Col. Edward Yackel, senior staff officer in the U.S. Army Medical Command Patient Safety, Clinical Assurance Performance Directorate, engages with participants during the Patient Safety Professional course.

Transforming the Military Health System (MHS) into a high reliability organization (HRO) requires an understanding of patient safety, quality, and process improvement principles and how they support the larger HRO mission. As part of this transformational journey, three modules of the Patient Safety Professional (PS Prof) course that were redesigned ...

MHS Patient Safety Data Snapshot

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11/1/2016
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The MHS Patient Safety Data Snapshot is a monthly compilation of two types of patient safety data: 1) Sentinel Event (SE) notifications submitted to the Patient Safety Analysis Center (PSAC) 2) Anonymous, voluntarily reported patient safety events via the web-based incident reporting system known as PSR.

MHS Patient Safety Spotlight

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11/1/2016
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The MHS Patient Safety Spotlight is a resource designed to highlight best practices and interesting initiatives that come from the field and are worthy of being shared across the enterprise. This resource features data-driven examples of improvement and case studies that tackle specific problems with specific solutions.

Patient Safety in Action Awarding Commitment to Improve the MHS

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11/1/2016
A graphic shows how the HRO Guiding Principles support the MHS Quadruple Aim.

The Department of Defense (DoD) is on a journey to transform the Military Health System (MHS) into a high reliability organization (HRO) to ensure safe, reliable care for all patients and their families.

REMINDER: Requirements for Pharmacy Continuing Education Credit for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

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11/1/2016
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Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians requesting ACPE credit must provide their National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) number, date of birth, and notate whether they are a pharmacist or pharmacy tech at the time of registration. They must provide their own NABP number, they cannot use an organization’s or department’s NABP number. Any ...

Traversing obstacles at the new terrain park

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11/1/2016
The new terrain park outside of the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center provides another means for Walter Reed Bethesda physical therapists to simulate uneven terrain for their amputee patients without having to go to specific destinations to do so. (DoD photo by Mark Oswell)

Physical therapists use the new terrain park to simulate uneven terrain for their amputee patients

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Air Force's first robotic surgery training course established at Keesler

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10/31/2016
The Keesler Medical Center recently acquired two da Vinci Xis, which are the newest robotic surgical systems available. One surgical robot is set up as part of the Institute for Defense Robotic Surgical Education to assist surgeons in getting their official robotic surgery credentials. (Courtesy photo)

Keesler Air Force Base surgeons are forging a new path in military medicine by being the first in the Air Force to use one of the most advanced robotic surgery systems available

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Don’t let holiday stress get you down

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10/31/2016
The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health. Keep a check on over-commitment and over-spending. Balance work, home and play. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Dougherty)

Despite the fun and enjoyment the holidays can bring for many, for others, it can be a time of stress

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EAMC recognized for high surgical quality for second consecutive year

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10/28/2016
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Eisenhower Army Medical Center has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for its safety initiatives and quality of care again

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Genome Center tracking and sequencing - making a difference in health care

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10/28/2016
Nathan Watt, a research associate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, closely monitors data on a next-generation sequencer in The American Genome Center at the university. This sequencing helps pinpoint genetic mutations that could serve as biomarkers, which can better predict disease risks and outcomes. TAGC is one of four academic genome centers in the U.S. and the only genome center in the federal system.  (DoD photo by Sarah Marshall)

The American Genome Center at USU aims to study large populations by quickly sequencing thousands of genomes

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Collaboration, shared learning are key themes as the second annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium begins

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10/27/2016
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Senior defense leaders and representatives from 14 nations kicked off the second annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium

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Military docs using less invasive treatments to fight cancers

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10/27/2016
Army Maj. Nicolas Cahanding with Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, looks at a brain image. (U.S. Army photo by Robert Whetstone)

Interventional oncology, a less invasive way of treating cancers, is part of the Military Health System’s larger effort to eradicate the diseases

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