Safe Tables: Cultivating Legally Protected, Transparent Discussions

Safe tables are designed to empower healthcare providers to engage in robust, meaningful patient safety and quality improvement activities. These events provide a legally protected environment to allow healthcare professionals to discuss difficult topics.

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, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28. This virtual event is offered to MHA Keystone Center PSO members only. Registration is available online.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center PSO.

Safe Table to Address Pediatric Care During COVID-19

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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.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center PSO.

Sept. 8 Safe Table to Address Mental Health and Wellbeing

The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is hosting a safe table focusing on mental health and wellbeing Sept. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged healthcare organizations across the care continuum. Employees continue to provide care for patients despite exhaustion, personal risk of infection, fear of transmission to family members, illness or death of friends and colleagues and the loss of many patients. Many also faced unavoidable stressors, such as long shifts, employee turnover and personal isolation.

This safe table will serve as a safe and open space for healthcare employees to discuss the hardships frontline staff are facing during the pandemic. In addition, participants will hear from Mark Eastburg, PhD, president and CEO of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, who will share strategies to positively impact mental health and wellbeing.

Registration is available for PSO members. Questions may be directed to the MHA Keystone Center PSO.

Speaker Sought to Explore Mental Health and Wellbeing During COVID-19

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.

Those who wish to be considered as a speaker for this event should contact the MHA Keystone Center PSO by May 28.

Safe Table Focuses on Rural Health and Opioids

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Twenty MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization members participated in a virtual Rural Health and Opioids Safe Table Nov. 17. Safe tables encourage peer-to-peer guidance by offering legally protected, confidential environments for discussion around sensitive topics.

In addition to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of reports from national, state and local media suggest increases in opioid and other drug-related mortality. The pandemic has exacerbated the nation’s opioid epidemic, which has grown even more complicated and deadly. Participants engaged in conversations about how the pandemic has highlighted socioeconomic factors that negatively impact patient populations, such as patients who do not have access to transportation for their appointments.

The Northern Michigan Opioid Response Consortium (NMORC) and the MHA Keystone Center also presented current efforts to address opioid misuse. NMORC is focusing on improving poor economic factors, prescribing patterns and expanding statewide distribution of naloxone, a medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.

The MHA Keystone Center discussed its partnership with the Michigan Center for Rural Health to offer providers training on opioid-related academic detailing, which is peer-to-peer educational outreach focused on delivering evidence-based information in a dynamic, engaging and clinician-centric way. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.