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May 2017

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Up Front

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Surgical burns remain a key safety concern

Providers are tightening their safety procedures to combat this relatively small but persistent problem. Massachusetts General Hospital, for example, has devised a hospital-wide initiative to cut the number to zero.  spacer

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Five Questions

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Helping patients after hospital discharge

"It just makes sense when people leave the hospital to give them the tools they need to care for themselves."


- Brian Jack, MD, principal investigator of Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge)   spacer

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Video Feature

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At Beth Israel, spreading the message of safety one poster at a time

Providers gathered at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on May 3 to celebrate patient safety successes and showcase quality improvement work.   spacer

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Safety News

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Smartphone app helps residents navigate high-risk situations

Surgical residents at Brigham and Women's Hospital are helping fellow residents treat patients safely by making escalation of care guidelines more accessible and easy to understand.   spacer

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Too many alarms are not just irritating – they’re dangerous

Caregivers across the spectrum are finding new ways to eliminate alarm fatigue by assigning more urgent meaning to the beeps, buzzes and flashing lights they hear everyday.   spacer

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Safety Snapshot

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A breakdown of the latest select hospital safety grades

Massachusetts weighs in at No. 8 in Leapfrog's state rankings, which take into account error, injury, infection rates, and more.   spacer

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Just One Thing

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New prescriptions for reducing medication errors - both human and mechanical

Automated dispensing cabinets may be convenient, but ECRI urges they be used with care.   spacer

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Upcoming events

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19th Annual Patient Safety Congress

When: Wednesday, May 17 - Friday, May 19, 2017
What: The NPSF Annual Congress is a unique opportunity for practitioners, leaders, and experts around the world to come together and share their knowledge.
Click for more information and to register


Webinar: “Environmental Infection Prevention - Saving Lives and Saving Money”

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:00 - 2:30 PM
What: Join MHA to learn more about innovations in infection protection -- $249 for members, $349 for non-members.
Click for more information and to register

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Patient Safety Beat is published monthly by the Betsy Lehman Center, a state agency that uses communications, research, and data to catalyze the efforts of providers, policymakers, and consumers working toward safer health care in Massachusetts.

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