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HRO Corner: MHS Patient Safety Culture Survey

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4/9/2019

The Patient Safety Culture Survey will be launched in April 2019, according to its triennial schedule

DoD PSP Treasure Chest April Edition

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4/4/2019
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

Welcome to the April 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!

Feature Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019 around the DoD

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4/4/2019
A Patient Safety Awareness Week parking lot banner hangs at the main entrance of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia during the week of 10-16 March 2019, showing that “We All Play a Role in Healthcare Safety”.

This year, 10-16 March marked the Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) across military training facilities worldwide

Patient Safety in Action: Patient Safety Professional (PS Prof) Course

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4/4/2019

The Patient Safety Professional (PS Prof) Course outlines several aspects of the patient manager’s duties to include their role: as a patient safety expert, as a leader, in improving performance, measuring impact and identifying and mitigating risk.

Feature: Improving Patient Safety by Improving Health Literacy Transparency

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9/4/2018
Army Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, a plastic surgeon at William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas, is seated while he discusses options available for reconstructive surgery with a female patient. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army by Marcy Sanchez)

The Military Health System’s sharing of quality, patient safety and access information online empowers patients to ask questions and improve their health literacy

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Patient Safety in Action: Huddles around Whiteboards Help Airmen See the Big Picture

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9/4/2018
Lt. Col. Laura Lewis points to the whiteboard as she speaks with Maj. Jill Hibbert about action items on the leadership daily management board. The 61st Medical Squadron at the Los Angeles Air Force Base discuss uses the boards to track information shared during huddles to improve visibility and accountability.

Air Force military treatment facilities use visual management boards to improve teamwork and communication across frontline staff and leadership.

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HRO Corner: DoD PSP Collaborates with MHS Community to Standardize Dental Patient Safety

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9/4/2018
Navy Dental Assistant Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Kern positions the digital X-Ray tubehead, or camera, next to his patient’s jaw for bitewing X-rays as part of an annual dental exam at Tinker Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

The Military Health System’s first-ever dental guidebook supports frontline staff, standardization of dental patient safety across the organization.

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DoD PSP Treasure Chest September and October Edition

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9/4/2018
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

Welcome to the September/October 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!

Advancing High Reliable Care One Facility at a Time

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7/1/2018
Ms. Laura DeJohnette stands in the middle on stage as she is handed the Advancement toward High Reliability in Health Care Award on behalf of the 99th Medical Group Nellis Air Force Base (Nevada) for their “Enhanced Surgical Recovery Program.”

Nominations for the Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Awards Program are being accepted until Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Patient Safety in Action: Prescribing High Reliability in Pharmacies

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7/1/2018
Capt. William Kirby, the chief of pharmacy at Grafenwoehr Army Health Clinic, standing on the left explains to an immunization nurse, Ms. Sheila Stiegman, the importance of vaccine safety and use of administration labels.

Health care teams in U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria participate in regular tracers amongst themselves to optimize leading practices.

Feature: Oh, the Places You’ll Go Through Teamwork

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7/1/2018
Two uniformed Army Soldiers with the 345th Combat Support Hospital use the TeamSTEPPS communication tools to efficiently transfer patients from the emergency department to the operating room. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tony M. Lindback/Released)

During the annual TeamSTEPPS conference, patient safety champions across the Military Health System came together to discuss how to use TeamSTEPPS during the transition of military treatment facilities to the Defense Health Agency.

HRO Corner: Meet an Every Day MHS Infection Control Champion

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7/1/2018
Pfc. Logan Pickell, a licensed practical nurse on the Multi-Service Unit at Bassett Army Community Hospital, stands on the left inspecting inpatient equipment. He conducts an environmental cleaning tracer with Rebekah Lail, the infection prevention manager, who stands on the right making notes on a clipboard.

Consistent application of infection prevention measures is helping Bassett Army Community Hospital in Alaska keep infections at bay.

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

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5/1/2018
Civilian and military staff at Irwin Army Community Hospital are gathered in a room to briefly discuss quality and safety concerns across the organization. Mr. Jon Cranmer, head of facilities stands to give his update.

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.

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Feature Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018 around the DoD

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5/1/2018
A dozen members of the Reynolds Army Health Clinic at Fort Sill, Okla. stand behind a “United for Patient Safety” banner.

Military Treatment facilities worldwide were “United for Patient Safety” in a variety of ways during Patient Safety Awareness Week.

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

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5/1/2018
Medical professionals gather in hospital hallway to huddle.

The Army’s high reliability efforts focuses on continuous learning and leadership engagement.

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