November 20, 2023

Patient Safety Beat

Patient safety news and progress in Massachusetts

Q&A: "Passion for quality and safety" drives commitment at QPSD

In a conversation with Patient Safety Beat, Booker T. Bush, M.D., and Daniela Brown, M.S.N., R.N., talk about new communication and collaboration efforts, the Roadmap to Health Care Safety and the unique roles in safety played by the Board of Registration in Medicine’s Quality and Safety Division and board committee.

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New strategies emerge to stem workplace violence in hospitals

Incidents of violence in hospitals and other health care settings are on the rise, according to data collected by Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association and nationally.

Hospitals are employing a variety of different strategies, and MHA is supporting new legislation for violence prevention standards and reporting requirements for health care organizations.

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Safety news roundup

  • Forty percent of adults with disability experience unfair health care treatment, frequently resulting in disruptions in care, according to a new brief from the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • STAT News reports that overtreatment is a common problem in U.S. health care. The Lown Institute’s Vikas Saini, M.D., discusses strategies for tackling overtreatment, overspending and redirecting resources in the Dose podcast.
  • Honoring Choices Massachusetts now has a webpage with information and tools to help health care providers understand guardianship, conservatorship and alternative approaches when patients are unable to make their own medical decisions.
  • The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care shares best practices within children's hospitals for partnering with patient and family advisors on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Watch the webinar here.
  • The Quality and Patient Safety Division's newsletter, FIRST Do No Harm, highlights the Virtual Peer Support Network and other peer support programs the Betsy Lehman Center helped develop at Beth Israel Deaconess HospitalNeedham and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Upcoming events

Dec. 10 - 13

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

IHI Forum 2023. The annual Institute for Healthcare Improvement Forum, which brings together health care professionals working on quality and safety improvement around the world, will be held in Orlando, FL (with option to live-stream). Register here

Dec. 14

12 - 3:30 p.m.

Sepsis Alliance Symposium: Healthcare-Associated Infections. This free virtual event will address critical topics related to HAIs, including the latest clinical knowledge and updated recommendations for timely infection prevention and treatment. 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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