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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

 

 

Study Identifies Six Distinguishing Attributes of High-Value Primary Carehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts112217_Six.aspxStudy Identifies Six Distinguishing Attributes of High-Value Primary Care2017-11-22T00:00:00Z ​Providers who deliver high-quality, low-cost care often possess one or more of six attributes, according to a study published in the November/December 2017 issue of Annals of Family Medicine.
What if Excessive EHR Requirements Were Treated as Seriously as Healthcare-Acquired Infections or Readmissions?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts112217_EHR.aspxWhat if Excessive EHR Requirements Were Treated as Seriously as Healthcare-Acquired Infections or Readmissions?2017-11-22T00:00:00Z ​Will we one day look back on physicians being overworked by the electronic health record (EHR) in the same way we currently look at physicians neglecting to wash to their hands? That's a question posed by an MD and associate professor of medicine writing in the November 14, 2017, New York Times.
What Is Behavioral Economics and What Role Will It Play in the Future of Healthcare?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts111517_Behavioral.aspxWhat Is Behavioral Economics and What Role Will It Play in the Future of Healthcare?2017-11-15T00:00:00Z ​Work in the field of behavioral economics recently earned one of its leading theorists a Nobel Prize, but its use in healthcare is limited, according to a November 6, 2017, article in the New York Times.
Here's How to Predict Which Physicians Will Order Unnecessary Imaging Studieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts111517_Imaging.aspxHere's How to Predict Which Physicians Will Order Unnecessary Imaging Studies2017-11-15T00:00:00Z ​Physicians' previous habits of ordering unnecessary imaging tests and their ownership in the imaging equipment are strong predictors that they may order "low-value imaging" for back pain and headache, says a study in the November 2017 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
What Did the President’s Opioid Commission Recommend?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts110817_Opioid.aspxWhat Did the President’s Opioid Commission Recommend?2017-11-08T00:00:00Z ​Among the 56 final recommendations issued by the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis on November 1, 2017, are block-grant federal funding for opioid- and substance-use-disorder-related activities, Medicaid waivers for all 50 states to eliminate certain barriers to treatment, better alignment of state and federal privacy laws related to addiction, and mandatory provider education.
We Know about a Doctor’s Bedside Manner, but What about “Webside” Manner?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts110817_Webside.aspxWe Know about a Doctor’s Bedside Manner, but What about “Webside” Manner?2017-11-08T00:00:00Z ​In the age of telemedicine, providers must strive to create intimate and personal connections with patients over a computer, a new skill some are calling a “webside" manner, according to an October 26, 2017, article in Wired.
What Impact Does a Nurse’s Physical and Mental Health Have on Medical Errors?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts110117_Impact.aspxWhat Impact Does a Nurse’s Physical and Mental Health Have on Medical Errors?2017-11-01T00:00:00Z ​Nurses in poorer physical or mental health that their healthier counterparts are more likely to make medical errors, according to an October 23, 2017, study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
White House Officially Declares Opioid Use a Public Health Emergency; What Does it Mean?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts110117_WhiteHouse.aspxWhite House Officially Declares Opioid Use a Public Health Emergency; What Does it Mean?2017-11-01T00:00:00Z ​President Trump on October 26, 2017, formally declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency under federal law.
Ask HRC: Nitrous Oxide for Analgesia during Laborhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/AskHRC103017.aspxAsk HRC: Nitrous Oxide for Analgesia during Labor2017-10-30T00:00:00Z ​An HRC member recently asked for guidance and information on the use of nitrous oxide as an option for labor analgesia. In our response, we noted that nitrous oxide is commonly used for labor analgesia in several countries; however, its use for this purpose is currently much less common in the United States.
Communication, Perception, and Other Factors Complicate Care Transitionshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts102517_Communication.aspxCommunication, Perception, and Other Factors Complicate Care Transitions2017-10-25T00:00:00Z ​Four factors play a role in making effective care transitions difficult increasingly complex patient conditions; disparity between real and perceived facility capabilities; financial pressures; and communication barriers.
“The Tip of the Iceberg”: ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dive on Opioid Use in Hospitalshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts101817_Iceberg.aspx“The Tip of the Iceberg”: ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dive on Opioid Use in Hospitals2017-10-18T00:00:00Z ​More than 7,000 adverse events involving opioids occurred at 215 hospitals around the country from January 2014 through November 2016, according to analysis from the ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dive™ Opioid Use in Acute Care.
Video of Doctor Cursing Out Patient in Florida Waiting Room Goes Viralhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts101817_Video.aspxVideo of Doctor Cursing Out Patient in Florida Waiting Room Goes Viral2017-10-18T00:00:00Z ​A video of a doctor cursing at a patient who complained about long wait times at a Florida after-hours clinic was shared more than 5,500 times on Facebook and subsequently picked up by several media outlets, including in an October 10, 2017, article in the New York Daily News.
Adherence to Communication-and-Resolution Programs Does Not Lead to Higher Liability Costs, Study Findshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts1011717_Adherence.aspxAdherence to Communication-and-Resolution Programs Does Not Lead to Higher Liability Costs, Study Finds2017-10-11T00:00:00Z ​Communication-and-resolution programs (CRPs)—which espouse communicating with patients after adverse events occur to explain what happened and, where appropriate, apologize and proactively offer compensation—do not lead to higher liability costs when hospitals adhere to their commitment to offer compensation proactively, according to a study published in the October 2017 issue of Health Affairs.
Rules Regarding Same-Sex Marriage, Outpatient Payment Models, and More Withdrawn by Governmenthttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts101117_Rules.aspxRules Regarding Same-Sex Marriage, Outpatient Payment Models, and More Withdrawn by Government2017-10-11T00:00:00Z ​Several policies and proposed rules affecting healthcare providers were recently withdrawn or reversed by the U.S. government.
Fall Prevention Training Program Achieves Results in Reducing Falls and Related Injurieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts100417_Fall.aspxFall Prevention Training Program Achieves Results in Reducing Falls and Related Injuries2017-10-04T00:00:00Z ​The Agency for Healthcare Research and Prevention (AHRQ) has released a fall prevention training program, developed with input from 10 hospitals that tested the program and reported decreases in their falls and falls-with-injury rates during the two-year pilot of the program.

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