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It’s not just the information you put into a PSO, it’s the information, analysis, advice, and support that allows participants to prevent future occurrences and learn from other healthcare organizations that makes working with ECRI Institute PSO so impactful.

The following examples show how ECRI Institute PSO creates and disseminates information based on the confidential data reported to the PSO to promote organizational learning and promote good patient safety practices.

ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dives

Each year ECRI Institute PSO completes a Deep Dive analysis of a patient safety topic. These reports are benefits of membership in the PSO. Examples available to the public are provided below:  

PSO Newsletters and E-Lerts

PSO Navigator newsletters and Patient Safety E-Lerts are also being made publicly available to further our mission to improve patient safety:

Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

To help guide organizations in deciding where to focus their patient safety efforts, ECRI Institute has developed the 2017 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations.

Past editions of the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns:

Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety

The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety has established workgroups for in-depth study of health IT events. Based on this study, tools and resources to face these key issues are offered to the public:

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More resources from the Partnership are available to the public on the Partnership website.

 Public Resources from ECRI Institute PSO

 

 

For Every Situation, a Simulation: Highlights from Symposium on Patient Safety and Simulationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts092017_Simulation.aspxFor Every Situation, a Simulation: Highlights from Symposium on Patient Safety and Simulation2017-09-20T00:00:00Z ​Highlights from the Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance's (MHQA) annual patient safety and simulation symposium, “Fundamentally Human—An Innovative Exploration of Patient Safety and Engagement," were the focus of a recent article in Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.
Sentinel Event Alert Gives Eight Tips for High-Quality Handoffshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts091317_Eight.aspxSentinel Event Alert Gives Eight Tips for High-Quality Handoffs2017-09-13T00:00:00Z ​High-quality handoffs can be achieved by all caregivers, the Joint Commission said, introducing a September 11, 2017, Sentinel Event Alert outlining eight tips for achieving this goal. The accrediting agency advises determining all pieces of critical information that will need to be communicated face to face and in writing.
How Did Florida Hospitals Prepare for Hurricane Irma?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts091317_Florida.aspxHow Did Florida Hospitals Prepare for Hurricane Irma?2017-09-13T00:00:00Z ​Several hospitals across South Florida evacuated patients and shut down operations in advance of Hurricane Irma, according to a September 8, 2017, article in the Washington Post.
OIG Agrees with CMS: Accountable Care Organizations Save Money and Improve Carehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts090617_OIG.aspxOIG Agrees with CMS: Accountable Care Organizations Save Money and Improve Care2017-09-06T00:00:00Z ​Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs) saved almost $1 billion and generally improved the quality of the care they provided in their first three years of operation, according to an August 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Hurricane Harvey: The Storm Is Over, Challenges Remainhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts090617_Hurricane.aspxHurricane Harvey: The Storm Is Over, Challenges Remain2017-09-06T00:00:00Z ​The rains have finally ended, but the challenges facing Houston-area hospitals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are just beginning. More than 20 healthcare facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities in the Houston area were evacuated, according to an August 30, 2017, article on CNBC.
Should Outcome Data Be Reported at Hospital or Surgeon Level?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts090617_Outcome.aspxShould Outcome Data Be Reported at Hospital or Surgeon Level?2017-09-06T00:00:00Z ​Publicly reported data on outcomes for individual surgeons are controversial and have limitations, but should be reported anyway, according to an August 24, 2017, JAMA Forum article.
How did Hospitals in Houston Handle Hurricane Harvey?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts083017_Hurricane.aspxHow did Hospitals in Houston Handle Hurricane Harvey?2017-08-30T00:00:00Z ​Lessons learned from past hurricanes helped Houston-area hospitals prepare for Hurricane Harvey, but “sometimes even the soundest plans have been foiled," according to an August 28, 2017, article in the New York Times.
SAMHSA Reports Increase in Federally Approved Opioid Treatment Programshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts083017_SAMHSA.aspxSAMHSA Reports Increase in Federally Approved Opioid Treatment Programs2017-08-30T00:00:00Z ​An August 22, 2017, report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found a 39% increase in the number of federally approved opioid treatment programs (OTP) between 2003 and 2016.
Nurses Severely Underestimate Risk of Maternal Morbidity, Says Studyhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts082317_Nurses.aspxNurses Severely Underestimate Risk of Maternal Morbidity, Says Study2017-08-23T00:00:00Z ​There exists a substantial knowledge gap among postpartum nurses when it comes to the risk of maternal morbidity and mortality, according to a study published August 15, 2017, in the American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.
General Public’s and Healthcare Professionals’ Views of Active Shooter Events in Hospitalshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts082317_General.aspxGeneral Public’s and Healthcare Professionals’ Views of Active Shooter Events in Hospitals2017-08-23T00:00:00Z ​The general public and healthcare professionals share similar views about the role of healthcare professionals in protecting patients from harm if an active shooter event erupts in a hospital, although their perceptions differ about the safety of hospitals, according to results from a national survey published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Three Obstacles to Text-Based Communication in a Healthcare Settinghttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts081617_Obstacles.aspxThree Obstacles to Text-Based Communication in a Healthcare Setting2017-08-16T00:00:00Z ​Significant limitations exist for text paging as a real-time communication method in acute care settings, according to an August 2017 research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Failure to Adhere to Conditions of Workplace Violence Settlement Costs Facility $207,690https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts081617_Failure.aspxFailure to Adhere to Conditions of Workplace Violence Settlement Costs Facility $207,6902017-08-16T00:00:00Z ​The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Massachusetts behavioral health facility a proposed $207,690 for continuing to expose workers to serious workplace violence hazards, OSHA announced on August 11, 2017.
DOJ Announces Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit; Commission Urges President to Declare Crisis National Emergencyhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts080917_DOJ.aspxDOJ Announces Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit; Commission Urges President to Declare Crisis National Emergency2017-08-09T00:00:00Z ​The U.S. Department of Justice on August 2, 2017, announced the formation of an Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, which will focus on opioid-related healthcare fraud.
Practices Serving High Risk Individuals May Be at Greater Risk for Financial Penaltieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts080917_HighRisk.aspxPractices Serving High Risk Individuals May Be at Greater Risk for Financial Penalties2017-08-09T00:00:00Z ​Physician practices that serve a disproportionate number of high-risk patients are at an increased risk of financial penalties from value-based payment programs, according to an August 1, 2017, original investigation in JAMA.
Someone Else’s Keeper: Surrogate Decision Makers Fall into Two Archetypeshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts080217_Keeper.aspxSomeone Else’s Keeper: Surrogate Decision Makers Fall into Two Archetypes2017-08-02T00:00:00Z ​Surrogate medical decision makers generally fall into one of two archetypes the “preferences advocate," who channels the patient's values, and the “clinical facilitator," who bases decisions on the patient's clinical status. These classifications were developed by authors of a survey, the findings of which were published in the August 2017 issue of Surgery.

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