Patient Safety & Quality

Registration is now open for the 2018 MHA Patient Safety & Quality Symposium scheduled for Sept. 18 and 19 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.
Following up on its successful launch of sepsis simulations earlier this year, the MHA Keystone Center will begin offering a series of simulations this fall that will tackle a new issue – critical care. 
We often talk within the healthcare realm about the culture of an organization, unit or team, and its critical importance to the success of delivering high quality, safe care. However, focused efforts to improve organizational culture are often overlooked among the myriad of new and ongoing initiati...
All babies have a risk for infection. However, premature babies have an increased risk due to an underdeveloped immune system and inability to fight off viruses and bacteria.
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) antibiotic stewardship team at Bronson Children’s Hospital, Kalamazoo, was honored with the 2018 MHA Advancing Safe Care Award during the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Annual Membership Meeting on Mackinac Island.
Great leaders are visionary, inspirational and intuitively know what their organizations need.
The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) has focused heavily this year on collecting root cause analyses (RCAs), incident reports and near misses from all MHA Keystone Center PSO member organizations. 
Pregnancy and childbirth is a special time in a family’s life. The World Health Organization estimates that 140 million women worldwide give birth annually. Unfortunately, some of these women experience adverse events that can lead to severe injury or death.
Henry Ford Health System is a comprehensive, nonprofit, healthcare organization in Metro Detroit that is comprised of five acute-care hospitals, more than 1,700 employed physicians and one of the nation’s largest group practices.
Much is being shared among healthcare professionals regarding the revision of the Triple Aim – an integrated approach to better patient outcomes, creating a better patient experience and lowering healthcare costs.
June is National Safety Month. Sponsored by the National Safety Council, the annual event recognizes the importance of safety, raises awareness on preventable harm, and encourages people to spread the word about ways to reduce injuries.
Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of June 4.
Just Culture is a crucial factor in healthcare safety and quality. It involves balanced, shared accountability without retribution and focuses on empowering employees to speak up and voice concerns to mitigate risk and improve future outcomes.
To assist members in preparing for the possibility of violence occurring in their facilities, the MHA hosted a workplace safety member forum May 22.
Sam R. Watson, MSA, MT (ASCP), CPPS, senior vice president of patient safety and quality, MHA, and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center, was recently named one of the 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading healthcare publication.
On May 23, the MHA teamed up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Osteopathic Association, the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network to announce the creation of the Be Rx Safe campaign.
The MHA Keystone Center hosted a safe table May 17 in Kalkaska. Nearly a dozen MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) members attended the event, which offered a legally protected environment to have open dialogue regarding healthcare safety and quality issues.
Burnout among healthcare professionals is becoming increasingly common. High stress, minimal staff and large patient volume are often to blame for physical and emotional exhaustion and decreased interest in work.
The opioid epidemic is rampant in the United States — it kills tens of thousands of people per year and the death toll is expected to continue to climb.
Current estimates suggest more than 50 percent of Michigan physicians are employed by a hospital or healthcare system. The MHA recognizes the importance of partnering with Michigan physicians and has taken many proactive steps to further invest in them.
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