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The Role of Leadership in Developing a Safety Culture

The Joint Commission has released the Sentinel Event Alert #57 which discusses the role of leadership in developing a safety culture.   “The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare has found inadequate safety culture to be a significant contributing factor to adverse outcomes.   Leaders must commit to creating and maintaining a culture of safety; this commitment is just as critical as the time and resources devoted to revenue and financial stability, sy

Hook-and-loop alarm belt: A vital component in a fall-prevention toolkit

In this case study published by American Nurse Today,  Dawn Wicker from Yale New Haven Hospital discusses how they have reduced falls by using Posey alarms with a combination of the bed/chair sensors and hook-and loop alarm belt.

Autonomy and the patient's right to choose falls prevention

In the December 2016 issue of American Nurse Today, Pat Quigley PhD, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP published an article on patient's right to choose falls prevention.  In this article, Dr.  Quigley stresses the importance of discussing the choices a patient has along with informing the patient the consequences of their decision.

National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions 2010 to 2015: Interim Data From National Efforts To Make Health Care Safer

The Agency on Healthcare and Quality Research (AHRQ) has released the interim data for Hospital-Acquired Conditions for 2010 to 2015. 

Safety Profile of Children in an Enclosure Bed

In the January 2017 issue of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Eileen Sherburne  MSN, APNP, ACNS-BC, FNP-BC, CRRN, CNRN, CPN, WCC  has been published her research on the use of enclosure beds with children. 

Eileen research was an exploratory retrospective chart review for all children who had an order for a specialty bed (enclosure bed) entered into the computer order-entry system between the years of 2010 and 2012 at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  Below are some of the key findings:

Fall prevention: The little things can make a big difference

American Nurse Today has published a case study on fall prevention which was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Posey.  In this article, Angela Dubuc MSN, RN System Director of Clinical Practice at Central Maine Healthcare Lewiston, Maine shares how they have reduced falls and fall related injuries.  Since implementing their program, Ce

Do stretcher alarms in the ED impact patient falls, decrease medication use and improve perception of patient safety?

At the 2016 Emergency Nurse Association Conference, Jason Upham form Cone Health presented his poster on the use of the of the Posey stretcher alarms in the Emergency Department.  The purpose of the study was determine if stretcher alarms in the ED decrease the occurrence of patient falls .  For this study, patients were assessed upon their arrival to the ED and throughout their visit for their risk for fall.  All patients with a high fall risk score were provided a stretcher alarm pad.  The staff members completed the survey tool at the disposition of the patient.

A Contract with Patients and Families

In the September issue, American Nurse Today has published “A Contract with Patients and Families.”    Marley A. Nicolas, MSN, RN, Administrative Director of Patient Care Services and her team at Community Medical Center in Toms River, New Jersey  share how they have reduced falls and fall related injuries.

 

AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS® training curriculum

AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS® training curriculum is available online as an accredited course, allowing health care providers to become certified as TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers through a Web-based course. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based patient safety training program that emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork among health care professionals.  To learn more about AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS® go to: AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS®

Predicting Injurious Falls in the Hospital Setting: Implications for Practice

In the September 2016 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, Amy Hester PhD, RN; Pao-Feng Tsai PhD, RN;  Mallik Rettiganti PhD, and Anita Mitchell PhD, APRN have published their article, “Predicting Injurious Falls in the Hospital Setting: Implications for Practice.”  The purpose of the research was to determine which patient factors are associated with injurious falls in hospitalized patients.   This was a retrospective study which evaluated a total of 1,369 falls in 1,369 patients.  In this study 27.8% of falls resulted in

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