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Year-End Issue  |  December 2018

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From the Director

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Patient Safety Beat’s very special guest this month, Dr. David Bates, invites us to look forward to a “Golden Era” for accelerating safety improvement. Dr. Bates served as advisor for November’s special edition of Health Affairs, devoted entirely to ​advancing knowledge about an array of patient safety topics we know will be of great interest to you. This end-of-year issue also features “top 5” picks from our own coverage of safety successes and challenges here in Massachusetts during 2018.

Thank you for following Patient Safety Beat, and please continue to share your stories with us so that together we can catalyze patient safety learning in Massachusetts.

Barbara Fain

Barbara Fain, Executive Director

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Five Questions

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Dr. David Bates anticipates a ‘Golden Era’ of patient safety

“Health systems will also have to expand their patient safety capacity and infrastructure to deal with new issues, such as safety outside the hospital, and safety issues created by new technologies.”   spacer

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Top 5 Patient Safety Beat Stories of 2018

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Facility and fixture design help protect suicidal patients

Suicide rates in the U.S. are up and the Joint Commission wants hospitals to pay more attention. These designs keep at-risk patients safer.  spacer

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Take 30 minutes a day for patient safety

Safety huddles aren’t just for the unit, floor, or hospital anymore. Hallmark Health (now Melrose Wakefield Healthcare) instituted a system-wide safety huddle with some positive results.   spacer

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Curious about how to engage patients in primary care safety work?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality gives “engaging patients and families” top billing for improving patient safety in primary care.    spacer

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Five health care experts look to the future of patient safety

With experience in different aspects of health care, our experts look into the future and identify opportunities to accelerate progress.   spacer

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To avoid missed referrals in ambulatory settings, close the loop

To make sure your patients actually receive the follow-up care they need, standardize, assign responsibility, and use electronic records. This new guide can help.    spacer

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Upcoming events

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2019 Patient Safety Forum: Call for Presentations

When: Deadline for proposals is January 7, 2019. The conference will be held on April 3, 2019.
What: This is a call for proposals to present at an annual patient safety conference for Massachusetts health care providers highlighting initiatives that drive safety improvement
Who: Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors
Click for more information and to submit a proposal

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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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