The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) Annual Meeting brings together national safety and clinical experts each year to discuss hot topics in healthcare. It will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. March 9.
During the past several years, there has been an increasing prevalence of workplace violence in healthcare, and COVID-19 has contributed to violent behavior. That is why a key focus for the 2022 meeting is workplace violence and well-being.
Ken Smith, CHSP, CIE, CHCM, vice president at Healthcare Safety Services, will assist hospitals and health systems in complying with The Joint Commission’s new standards on workplace violence that took effect in January. Additionally, he will identify prevention strategies and action plans to assist health systems and hospitals with increasing workplace violence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bryan Sexton, PhD, director of the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality, will outline the WELL-B webinar series that will begin March 29, demonstrating the efficacy of bite-sized interventions to sustain improvements in healthcare worker well-being.
Additional presentations will focus on anticoagulation-related adverse medication events and the intersection of health equity and safety.
Registration is free and available to MHA Keystone Center PSO members. Continuing education opportunities will be offered. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center PSO.
The 2022 MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) Annual Meeting will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. March 9. Participants will hear about topics related to the intersection of health equity and safety, anticoagulation-related medication events, addressing violence in healthcare and improving resiliency and well-being across the healthcare workforce.
Featured speakers include Bryan Sexton, PhD, Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality; Darren Triller, PharmD, Anticoagulation Forum; and Ken Smith, CHSP, CIE, CHCM, Healthcare Safety Services.
Physicians, safety and quality improvement staff, nurses, pharmacists and risk managers will especially benefit from participating in the meeting. PSO members may register for this free event online.
The MHA Keystone Center recently released its 2020-2021 Annual Report, which showcases the center’s accomplishments and member-driven efforts to improve the quality and safety of healthcare statewide and beyond. It also describes member hospitals’ connection with the MHA Keystone Center during the past program year to learn and share best practices to implement the changes necessary to provide safer, more equitable healthcare even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report highlights include:
How the MHA Keystone Center supports members to ensure high-quality, equitable and safe care for all through its Health Equity Organizational Assessment and Assessing Hospitals and Health Systems to Promote Equity project.
The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is hosting a safe table to investigate and discuss healthcare adversities facing the pediatric population, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safe table will be held virtually from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28.
Safe tables allow hospitals to come together, share ideas with peers, engage in safe discussions and obtain advice to make improvements to reduce or eliminate harm. This event is offered to MHA Keystone Center PSO members only. Registration is available online.
Speaking up when having a concern in healthcare is foundational to ensuring safe, high-quality care for patients and a safe work environment for staff.
The MHA Keystone Center Speak-Up! Award was launched in March 2016 for members of the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) to celebrate healthcare staff who speak up for patient or staff safety. The award program has grown exponentially throughout the last five years, averaging more than one nomination every two days, with over half of PSO members actively participating — 947 nominations have been received from 61 member organizations.
As part of the award program’s evolution, the MHA Keystone Center created a toolkit to help PSO-member organizations design and implement their own speak-up recognition process to advance their safety culture. According to a cost-savings analysis, each time staff speak up and prevent harm saves more than $13,000 for patients, families and healthcare organizations. This work was published in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management and finished in the top 10% most downloaded articles of the Wiley publishing company in 2019.
The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is hosting a webinar from 2 to 3 p.m. May 27 to provide an overview of Safe & Reliable Healthcare’s Safety, Communication, Operational Reliability & Engagement (SCORE) Survey. The SCORE Survey yields valuable insight to unite culture and employee engagement, and the results can be used to drive positive change.
Participants will hear about national data trends and learn more about how they can maximize this tool to drive culture improvement. The SCORE Survey is offered to MHA Keystone Center PSO members biennially.
The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is seeking a speaker for an upcoming safe table focusing on mental health and wellbeing of employees within hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speaker will be asked to provide approximately 30 minutes of content and participate in the group discussion afterward. Although a date has not yet been confirmed, the event will take place in mid-July.
This invitation is for a presentation that reviews staff mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic across different disciplines within hospitals. Areas to be discussed should include the hardships front-line staff are facing during the pandemic, healthcare leaders’ strategies to positively impact mental health and wellbeing, lessons learned since the pandemic began, and ways in which hospitals can improve care for their staff. The selected speaker will be encouraged to include the approaches their organization is taking to improve coping mechanisms amid the hardships facing hospital staff.