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Submit Abstract by April 27 to Showcase Quality Initiatives at OHA Summit

02/15/2018

The Ohio Hospital Association invites member hospitals to showcase quality improvement initiatives at the 11th annual OHA Quality Summit June 6 in Columbus. The Quality Summit is held on the third day of the OHA Annual Meeting and is an event recognizing Ohio hospitals' and health systems’ commitment to evidence-based prac Read More . . .

OPSI Launches 2018 Patient Safety Webinar Series

02/15/2018

The Ohio Patient Safety Institute invites hospital representatives from nursing, case management, patient safety, risk management, quality improvement and other related specialties to register for 2018 Advancing Patient Safety webinar series.   The next webinar in the series will be “Technology Improved Safety Rounding Read More . . .

Plan to Get Involved in National Patient Safety Week 2018

02/15/2018

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and National Patient Safety Foundation this week announced plans for this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 11-17. Activities will focus on two critical issues – safety culture and patient engagement. The Ohio Hospital Association encourages hospitals to take part in the Read More . . .

Save the Dates June 4-6 for 2018 OHA Annual Meeting

02/15/2018

Employees of OHA member hospitals and corporate partners are invited to attend the 2018 OHA Annual Meeting June 4-6 in Columbus. The three-day event features more than 70 educational sessions and is a premier opportunity for health care providers and administrators at all levels to gain valuable insight about statewide industry Read More . . .

Metric of the Month - February 2018

02/15/2018

Multi-Drug Resistant Organism: Hospital Onset MRSA (Bacteremia) Infections (SIR)All Facilities   Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO): MRSA (Bacteremia) InfectionsMRSA SIRMeasure TypeOutcomeNumeratorNumber of Hospital Onset (HO) HAI (MRSA Bacteremia) observedDenominatorNumber of HAI expectedCalculation(Numerator/Denominator) Read More . . .

Lake Health Highlights Journey to HAI Reduction, Zero Harm

02/15/2018

Lake Health, a nonprofit health system with two community based hospitals located in Northeast Ohio, implemented standard protocols to reduce multi-drug resistant organisms, or MDRO, rates. The leadership at Lake Health included reducing patient harm as a leadership goal which included lowering health care associated infections by 2 Read More . . .

New CDC Resources Amplify Antibiotics Awareness Message

02/15/2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new video and animated GIFs to bring the Be Antibiotics Aware message to life. Add these digital resources to your organization’s website or share them via social media to highlight how smart antibiotic use means that providers are giving – and patients Read More . . .

Feb. 23 Webinar Focuses on Quality Improvement

02/15/2018

Join the Health Services Advisory Group Feb. 23 1 p.m. ET for a free, one-hour webinar on sustaining the gains in quality improvement. David Orr, MBA, vice president of Clinical Quality at Summa Health System will discuss how to identify when to move from the improvement phase to sustainability, while gaining access to tools, resour Read More . . .

Older Adult Falls Coalition Issues Call for Pilot Project Proposals

02/15/2018

The Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition of the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership announced the availability of grants up to $4,000 each to further the mission of the Coalition and implement evidence-based interventions designed to reduce the fall risk of older adults across Ohio.   Proposals will be accepted from loc Read More . . .

AHA Publishes New Resource on Fall Injuries

02/15/2018

The American Hospital Association published a new falls resource tool to serves as a guide to help organizations identify common fall practices that must be eliminated and replaced with evidence based, patient centered interventions. The document provides facts about falls, interventions to deploy and resources that will lead to imp Read More . . .

Joint Commission Brochure Focuses on HAI Prevention Recommendations

02/15/2018

A new brochure from the Joint Commission is available to help health care organizations inform patients about health care-associated infection and prevention. The brochure is derived from the popular resource, “Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals.” The “For O Read More . . .

Nomination Deadline Feb. 2 for Health Care Worker of the Year, Leadership Awards

01/15/2018

The Ohio Hospital Association is accepting nominations through Feb. 2 for the 2018 Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year and Health Care Leadership Awards. Member hospitals and health systems are encouraged to nominate individuals and organizations whose achievements have enhanced and brought honor to Ohio hospitals. &nbs Read More . . .

Metric of the Month - January 2018

01/15/2018

Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection Standardized Infection Ratio National Health Safety Network Reporting Facilities Only OHA HIIN CLABSI SIR ICU: 0.573 House-wide: 0.581   CLABSI: CMS HIIN Evaluation Measure– NHSN Reporting Facilities ONLY – NQF 0139Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLAB Read More . . .

Teamwork is Infectious: How Marion General Hospital Reduced VAP/VAE Rates

01/15/2018

Ventilator associated pneumonia and ventilator associated events can occur in patients that require mechanical ventilation. VAP is a lung infection that can occur in a patient on a ventilator when a microbe enters the body through an artificial airway. VAEs are a deterioration in respiratory status after a period of stability or imp Read More . . .

WHO Offers Antimicrobial Stewardship Online Course

01/15/2018

The World Health Organization invites you to attend the online course “Antimicrobial Stewardship: A competency-based approach” on OpenWHO.   This course will provide a framework for approaching each clinical encounter from the perspective of combating antimicrobial resistance. Using case based examples, the course Read More . . .

Joint Commission Releases New Compliance Resources

01/15/2018

The Joint Commission has released sample pages for two of its newest publications. These resources can help organizations address challenges and become better prepared for compliance with requirements:   Medical Staff Essentials: Designed to be a go-to guide on the essentials of the MS standards, and nearly two dozen download Read More . . .

New Toolkit Gives Surgical Centers Tools to Battle Infection

01/15/2018

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new toolkit for hospital surgical units aimed at preventing surgical site infections. Based on the experiences of frontline care providers in about 200 hospitals nationwide and their successes in preventing such infections, the toolkit contains two guides with supplementa Read More . . .

Register Now for Adverse Drug Events Webinar

01/15/2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invite hospital quality improvement and patient safety leaders and staff for the webinar “Gaining Buy-in for Preventing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids and Anticoagulants” Jan. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m.   The webinar features national-level subject matter experts and Read More . . .

ED-Based Care Coordination Reduces Costs for Frequent ED Users

01/15/2018

Frequent emergency department users often have complex medical, social and behavioral health needs. A new study in the American Journal of Managed Care evaluated a pilot quality improvement intervention implemented in an urban academic medical center ED to improve care coordination and reduce ED visits and hospitalizations among fre Read More . . .

New Report Focuses on Enhancing Sepsis Recovery

01/15/2018

Medical researchers Derek Angus, MD, MPH, the Dr. Mitchell P. Fink Professor and chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc, assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan reviewed medical literature, along with studies and clinical trials on Read More . . .

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