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November 2018

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Up Front

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After deadly flu season, health care worker vaccinations take on new urgency

The CDC has released updated stats for last year's flu season, the worst in recent memory.  spacer

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Safety News

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Peer Support Program offers help after adverse events

The Betsy Lehman Center will seed adoption of peer support for hospital-based clinicians and staff members with a pilot program in 2019.   spacer

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Linda Kenney is Director of Peer Support Programs at the Betsy Lehman Center

Since experiencing an adverse event in 1999, Kenney has become a leader in peer support for patients, families and clinicians. She is now the Director of Peer Support Programs at the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety.  spacer

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One Last Thing

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Cleaning problems frequent 2019 Top-10 Hazards list

On a list of technology-related hazards, keeping equipment clean and disinfected is a recurring theme.   spacer

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Upcoming events

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Improving the Care of Mothers, Infants and Families Impacted by Perinatal Opioid Use: A Massachusetts Statewide Initiative

When: December 11, 2018, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
What: The Fall Summit features a full day of presentations, including a keynote address by Marylou Sudders, MSW, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, about improving care for families affected by perinatal opioid use.
Where: Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, Mass.
Who: Perinatal-Neonatal Quality Improvement Network of Massachusetts
Click for more information and to register

OpenNotes: Grand Rounds – Effective Implementations Webinar

When: December 11, 2018, 4:00 pm
What: Speakers will discuss clinician anxiety, culture change, measurement and challenges to patient engagement and access issues related to implementation of OpenNotes.
Who: OpenNotes Director of Dissemination, John Santa, MD; Patient Advocate Naomi Kaufman Price; Marcia Sparling, MD, Vancouver Clinic; and Kerry Litman, MD, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Click for more information and to register

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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