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February 2018

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Up Front

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Facility and fixture design help protect suicidal patients

Facilities, fixtures, and devices can be designed to reduce opportunities for self-harm and still present attractive and therapeutic spaces.   spacer

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Safety News

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Patient Safety Awareness Week sets the stage for patient engagement

Organizations find patient safety improvements by encouraging patients, clinicians, and staff members to speak out.   spacer

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Safety Snapshot

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Top 7 challenges in ambulatory HAI prevention

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One last thing

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Treating breast cancer patients with heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for U.S. women. The AHA says the disease is now linked to certain breast cancer treatments.   spacer

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Upcoming events

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NOMINATIONS OPEN: Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement

When: DEADLINE: Thursday, March 8, 2018
What: Nominations are now open to recognize last year's exceptional patient safety engagement programs through the 2018 Sherman Award.

Who: EngagingPatients.org, The Lucian Leape Institute, and Taylor Healthcare.
Click here for more information and to download the nomination form or call 937-902-1411.

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WEBINAR: Making C. difficile Less Difficult

When: Tuesday, February, 27 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
What: A free monthly webinar series, "Bug of the Month," features infection/antibiotic resistant pathogens of concern.
Who:The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and featured speakers

Click here to register for this month's webinar.

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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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