February 28, 2024

Patient Safety Beat

Patient safety news and progress in Massachusetts

Massachusetts aims to offer first-ever statewide approach to health care safety education 

A new advisory group convened by the Betsy Lehman Center will shape a statewide approach to safety education that equips all who work in patient care organizations — from executives to board members to clinicians and staff — to work together to prevent patient harm. The initiative also aims to help organizations improve health equity, patient experience and workforce retention without unnecessarily adding to existing workloads. The work stems from the state’s strategic plan, the Roadmap to Health Care Safety for Massachusetts.

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Home use of medical devices tops annual hazard list, but coordinated care can help

Medical devices used in residential settings top ECRI’s list of Top-10 Health Technology Hazards for 2024. When used incorrectly, devices and equipment can pose hazards that are difficult to anticipate and address by patients and families. Cambridge Health Alliance's Kate Mooney describes ways these hazards can be mitigated with coordinated care and communication.

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Betsy Lehman Center resources address emergency department safety risks

Emergency departments across the state face the challenge of rising patient volumes and wait times. Resources developed by an expert panel of Massachusetts emergency medicine clinicians and leaders are available from the Betsy Lehman Center. With case studies and recommended practices, the materials address three critical risks to safety: crowding, cognitive overload and care coordination.

Read the full set of recommendations and case studies

Upcoming events

Mar. 13

12 - 1 p.m.

How Psychological Safety and ‘Feeling Heard’ Relate to Burnout. Michaela Kerrissey, Ph.D., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health presents on psychological safety and how “feeling heard” can help alleviate burnout. Part of MHA’s Caring for the Caregiver series. Register here

Mar. 14

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

National Patient Safety Awareness Week webinar: Diagnostic Excellence. Join IHI for this free webinar, part of the IHI Leadership Alliance Patient Safety Learning Series. Register here

Mar. 14

12 - 1 p.m.

Navigating Virtual Care: Tackling Challenges for Optimal Safety. Experts from Yale New Haven Health, Boston Children’s Hospital and Baystate Health discuss the complexities and risks of telehealth and ways to mitigate these challenges. A CRICO webinar. Register here

Mar. 14

4 - 5 p.m.

Reframing Distress: Why Moral Injury Matters. Drs. Beth Lown and Wendy Dean discuss clinicians’ experience with moral injury and how organizations can support practitioners to improve patient care. A free webinar in the Schwartz Center's Compassion in Action series. Register here

Patient Safety Beat is published by the Betsy Lehman Center, a Massachusetts state agency that supports providers, patients and policymakers working together to advance the safety and quality of health care.


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