Patient Safety Authority

Patient Safety Authority The Patient Safety Authority is an independent state agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with taking steps to prevent medical errors.
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As parents we want to keep our children safe from COVID-19, but never leave a child in a parked car while you run into t...
07/13/2020

As parents we want to keep our children safe from COVID-19, but never leave a child in a parked car while you run into the store. The temperature inside a car can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes, even with a window cracked open. Children left unattended in parked cars are at risk for heat stroke, and possibly death. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/children.html.

Quick, what condition affects three times as many men as women and can cause severe chest pain and trouble breathing? Sw...
07/10/2020

Quick, what condition affects three times as many men as women and can cause severe chest pain and trouble breathing? Swallowed dentures. More than 100 million Americans are at risk for denture impaction, in which permanent or temporary dentures become dislodged, swallowed, and stuck in the gastrointestinal tract. This happens much more often than you might expect—so all patients with replacement teeth, as well as their caregivers and healthcare providers, should be aware of the risk of denture impaction. Read this first-ever study of patient safety events related to denture impaction reported by acute care facilities to learn the signs and how to prevent it: https://patientsafetyj.com/index.php/patientsaf/article/view/swallowed-dentures

07/10/2020
Happy for the Frazzled in Healthcare

Improving quality and patient safety is hard work. In fact, at times the work can seem like drudgery or like we are pushing a boulder up a steep hill. The personal toll for those who are the “helpers” of healthcare (à la Fred Rogers) can be overwhelming, tiring, and depressing. You are a person first—before you are a health professional. In this webinar, Diane C. Frndak, PhD, MBA, and Holly Hampe, DSc, MHA, assistant professors of health services administration leadership at Robert Morris University, focus on the science of flourishing as a heart-centered journey creating a real-time community of like-minded people. They introduce key positive psychology skills for creating greater happiness and well-being, such as mindfulness, gratitude, strengths, flow, humor, positivity, stress management, and resilience. This session is a breath of fresh air and an act of self-care for the self-identified FRAZZLED.

Vaccines prevent 3 million deaths worldwide every year, but errors made in administering those vaccines can harm patient...
07/08/2020

Vaccines prevent 3 million deaths worldwide every year, but errors made in administering those vaccines can harm patients. To help mitigate this risk, a federally qualified health center completed a root cause analysis and identified some common causes of vaccine errors, such as selecting the wrong vaccine, rushing through the process, and improper vaccine storage. Armed with this information about systems and human factors issues, they improved their process to eliminate them, which included education and competency training for staff—successes which any organization can replicate in their own facility. Despite the overwhelming benefit that vaccines offer, some children remain vulnerable to vaccine-preventable illness for several reasons; however, by committing to improving patient safety and following these steps, vaccine-related errors need not be one of them.

Read this story and more at https://patientsafetyj.com/index.php/patientsaf/article/view/pediatric-vaccine
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For a limited time only, when you donate blood, platelets, or plasma, the American Red Cross will provide free testing f...
07/07/2020
COVID-19 Antibody Testing

For a limited time only, when you donate blood, platelets, or plasma, the American Red Cross will provide free testing for COVID-19 antibodies. This complimentary service will let you know whether you possibly have been exposed to the coronavirus. For more information about antibody screening and what a positive test indicates, and to sign up to make a donation, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/covid-19-antibody-testing.html.

As of June 2020 the Red Cross will be testing donated blood for the COVID-19 antibodies. Find out how you can get tested.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends people do not use hand sanitizers containing methanol (wood alcohol...
07/06/2020
FDA Updates on Hand Sanitzers with Methanol

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends people do not use hand sanitizers containing methanol (wood alcohol). Methanol is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. For more information and an updated list of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to avoid, visit https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM32445.

FDA Warns consumers and healthcare professionals of Hand Sanitizers contaminated with Methanol

Keep safety in mind this Fourth of July weekend! Exercise caution around fireworks to avoid injuries: never allow young ...
07/03/2020

Keep safety in mind this Fourth of July weekend! Exercise caution around fireworks to avoid injuries: never allow young kids to play with or ignite fireworks; always have an adult supervise firework use; don’t point or throw fireworks at people; and keep a bucket of water nearby. During the COVID-19 pandemic, holiday safety also includes wearing a mask, following local guidelines on gatherings, maintaining six feet of distance from people who aren’t in your household, and washing your hands frequently with soap. If you’re sick, stay home. For more tips to keep you and your family healthy, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.

Wearing a mask is essential for stopping the spread of COVID-19.
07/02/2020

Wearing a mask is essential for stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Reminder: In Pennsylvania, masks must now be worn whenever anyone leaves home.

It is essential that Pennsylvanians wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More about this requirement: on.pa.gov/2VFj7Dk

We are proud to announce that our journal, PATIENT SAFETY, won a Grand Award in the 2020 Apex Awards For Publication Exc...
07/02/2020

We are proud to announce that our journal, PATIENT SAFETY, won a Grand Award in the 2020 Apex Awards For Publication Excellence in the category “Most Improved,” for our transition from the Advisory to our new journal. PATIENT SAFETY was one of the winners chosen from almost 1,200 nominations. The #APEXaward is one of the highest honors in publishing, which we share with everyone at the Patient Safety Authority and our dedicated editorial board, peer reviewers, and authors—all of whom made this recognition possible and contribute to the high quality of every issue. Please check out the current issue of our award-winning journal at https://patientsafetyj.com/.

Hospice. The term likely conjures the image of someone with little or no chance of recovery from a terminal condition or...
07/01/2020

Hospice. The term likely conjures the image of someone with little or no chance of recovery from a terminal condition or disease. But for Ann Green, an English professor at Saint Joseph's University, the word sparks hope—for her mother, #hospice care wasn’t an ending but a beginning. It was a path beyond her illness to a new life filled with joy and fulfillment. After breaking her hip twice, Ann’s mom was diagnosed with late-stage dementia and began a slow spiral into rehabilitation and recurring infections. A social worker suggested hospice to make her more comfortable. It was a scary step, but it was the right one as it turned out.

Read this story and more at https://patientsafetyj.com/index.php/patientsaf/article/view/hospice-saved-mom-commentary.

Med Tac Global is launching a monthly webinar series for families from the general public and critical infrastructure wo...
06/30/2020

Med Tac Global is launching a monthly webinar series for families from the general public and critical infrastructure worker families from 16 industry sectors. On Thursday, July 2, at 1 p.m. Eastern, a panel of emergency medicine, critical care, security, and infectious disease experts will address the latest science for social distancing, hand hygiene, high-contact surfaces, and using masks. For more information and to register for “Family Survive & Thrive Guide: The Latest Best Practices,” visit https://www.medtacglobal.org/july-2-2020-webinar/.

06/30/2020
Burnout, Depression & COVID-19

SaraKay Smullens and Dr. Stanton Smullens will answer your questions about COVID-19 and the toll it has taken on our mental health, and how you can help yourself or a loved one get through these unprecedented times.

06/30/2020
Patient Safety Authority

Set your reminder now, so you do not miss our Facebook Live Q&A with SaraKay Smullens, MSW, LCSC, & Stanton N. Smullens, MD, FACS, today at noon.

SaraKay Smullens and Dr. Stanton Smullens will answer your questions about COVID-19 and the toll it has taken on our mental health, and how you can help yourself or a loved one get through these unprecedented times.

Before the #pandemic, more than half of frontline clinicians were experiencing burnout, and physician suicide rates were...
06/30/2020
Dx: Crisis | Patient Safety

Before the #pandemic, more than half of frontline clinicians were experiencing burnout, and physician suicide rates were more than double the general population. #COVID19 is bringing this long-simmering crisis to a boil, as doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals give their all for their patients. Is there anything we can do to care for our caregivers? What can they do to take better care of themselves? Therapist and bestselling author SaraKay Smullens and Dr. Stanton N. Smullens, chair of the Patient Safety Authority, answer these questions and more. They offer self-care strategies we can all use to manage #burnout and #depression in our lives during these difficult times and in the uncertain days to come. “We know there will be other viruses in the future,” says Dr. Smullens, “and we know that each of us is stronger working together, providing care for one another, than we could ever be as individuals.”

Read this story and more at https://patientsafetyj.com/index.php/patientsaf/article/view/smullens-interview.

Dx: Crisis An Informal Conversation With Stanton N. Smullens, MD, FACS, and SaraKay Smullens, MSW, LCSW, About Burnout, Depression, and COVID-19 Caitlyn Allen Patient Safety Authority SaraKay Smullens, MSW, LCSW Stanton N. Smullens, MD Abstract Before the pandemic, clinicians were experiencing high....

06/29/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine spoke today along with health experts from UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg, PA, who reported on the importance of continuing to wear a mask when in public. Dr. Levine thanked the staff at UPMC for their work during the pandemic and asked Pennsylvanians to thank all healthcare workers by wearing a mask. She further reminded everyone that although we have moved into the green zone, we need to remain vigilant of COVID-19 because it is still in our communities.
https://www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentofhealth/videos/577750019551440/

Please join us from UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg as we come together with health experts to talk about the importance of mask wearing in the fight against COVID-19.

There’s still time to submit your questions for tomorrow’s Facebook Live Chat, “Burnout, Depression & COVID-19.” Tune in...
06/29/2020

There’s still time to submit your questions for tomorrow’s Facebook Live Chat, “Burnout, Depression & COVID-19.” Tune in on Tuesday, June 30, at 12 p.m. ET for our riveting conversation with SaraKay Smullens, MSW, LCSW, and Stanton N. Smullens, MD, FACS.

06/29/2020

SaraKay Smullens and Dr. Stanton Smullens will answer your questions about COVID-19 and the toll it has taken on our mental health, and how you can help yourself or a loved one get through these unprecedented times.

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder caused by stroke or brain injury...
06/26/2020

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder caused by stroke or brain injury. It is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia can be severe, making communication almost impossible, or it can be very mild. Learn more about this communication disorder affecting 2,000,000 Americans at https://www.aphasia.org/.

The CDC warns that the number of Salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry has doubled compared to this time last...
06/26/2020

The CDC warns that the number of Salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry has doubled compared to this time last year due to more people raising chickens during the pandemic. Remember: You can get sick with Salmonella infection from touching poultry or their environment. For safety tips on safely raising chickens visit https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/backyardpoultry-05-20/index.html.

You should never drink bleach to protect yourself from COVID-19. Drinking bleach may cause vomiting which could burn you...
06/25/2020

You should never drink bleach to protect yourself from COVID-19. Drinking bleach may cause vomiting which could burn your esophagus and throat. Drinking bleach also puts you at risk of aspiration, when fluid from your throat, nasal cavity, or stomach ends up in your lungs. This can cause serious damage. Learn how to protect yourself from COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency announced a partnership with CVS Heal...
06/25/2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency announced a partnership with CVS Health to offer COVID-19 testing services to skilled nursing facilities, to help comply with mandatory universal testing requirements. CVS Health will conduct 50,000 individual tests for skilled nursing residents and staff members, beginning the week of June 29. If you have questions regarding this initiative or universal testing in general, or to request assistance, please contact [email protected].

06/24/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine spoke today from the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, thanking its staff, nurses, doctors, EMTs, and first responders for their part in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. She followed up with a reminder to continue wearing masks in public to protect yourself and others—and to say thank you to frontline workers. She also stated it is important to get tested; testing is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, and medical facilities, and all skilled nursing facilities are required to test every resident and staff member for COVID-19.
https://www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentofhealth/videos/1215948412114349/?v=1215948412114349¬if_id=1593025221825507¬if_t=live_video

Please join us as we thank health care workers and talk about preparations for a possible COVID-19 resurgence in the fall.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) warns that legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever) could be...
06/24/2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) warns that legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever) could be on the rise as buildings reopen after being closed due to COVID-19. Buildings that reopened without thoroughly flushing and disinfecting their water systems or cleaning and maintaining other devices that use water (such as decorative fountains or cooling towers) may expose individuals to the Legionella bacteria. For further information visit www.legionellosis.health.pa.gov.

June is National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the most common infectious ...
06/24/2020

June is National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the most common infectious causes of birth defects. Approximately 1 in 5 babies with CMV infection will have birth defects or other long-term health problems. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/cmv to learn more.

Individuals who remove a tick commonly want it tested, but testing is not recommended for several reasons. If the tick t...
06/24/2020

Individuals who remove a tick commonly want it tested, but testing is not recommended for several reasons. If the tick tests positive for disease-causing organisms, that does not necessarily mean that the bitten person has been infected, and the person is likely to develop symptoms before results of the tick test are available. Learn what steps to take at https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/pdfs/FS_TickBite.pdf.

Join us next Tuesday, June 30 at noon ET for a discussion on COVID-19 and the toll it has taken on our mental health.We'...
06/23/2020

Join us next Tuesday, June 30 at noon ET for a discussion on COVID-19 and the toll it has taken on our mental health.

We'll be speaking with SaraKay and Stanton Smullens, MD about the effects caused or worsened by the pandemic and how you can help yourself or a loved one get through these unprecedented times.

Save the date and submit your questions for the Smullens in the comments below for the best chance of getting a response during this live event. #COVID19 #MentalHealth

The theme of Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (June 21–27) is DEAF-BLIND AND THRIVING. People who are deaf-blind t...
06/22/2020

The theme of Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (June 21–27) is DEAF-BLIND AND THRIVING. People who are deaf-blind thrive in the workplace and make their workplaces thrive. They overcome obstacles, but misconceptions don’t have to be one of them. Learn what you can do at https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/dbaw.

National Nursing Assistants Week takes place from June 18–24, a time to honor all the certified nursing assistants (CNAs...
06/18/2020

National Nursing Assistants Week takes place from June 18–24, a time to honor all the certified nursing assistants (CNAs) for their dedication to improving the well-being of others. We thank all CNAs for their work every day, and especially during the pandemic. For information on CNAs visit https://nurse.org/resources/certified-nursing-assistant-cna/.

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The Pennsylvania legislature established the Patient Safety Authority in 2002 to provide statewide guidance and support to protect the 47 million patients who entrust Pennsylvania healthcare facilities with their lives each year. Seventeen years later, the Authority still is the only independent state agency of its kind in the United States.

The Authority’s vision is “safe healthcare for all patients,” which it strives to achieve by collecting and analyzing patient safety information, developing solutions to patient safety issues, and sharing this information through education and collaboration.

Pennsylvania Act 13 of 2002, the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act, requires all state hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities, birthing centers, and certain abortion facilities to report all incidents of harm, real or potential, to the Authority via the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS), a confidential, online system—the largest event reporting database in the United States and one of the largest in the world.

The Authority analyzes and evaluates all reports submitted to PA-PSRS and makes recommendations for changes in healthcare practices and procedures which may improve patient safety in Pennsylvania facilities. The Authority's role is nonpunitive and is distinguished from the role of other state agencies involved in licensing healthcare facilities or individual providers.

The Authority operates from the Patient Safety Trust Fund, a dedicated Pennsylvania Treasury account, which is administered by the Authority and is independent of the Commonwealth General Fund. Patient Safety is fully supported by this fund.


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Since you are the Patient Safety Authority for Pennsylvania: Will your department make medical malpractice a criminal offense? Will you be compiling a database of medical practitioners (doctors, nurses, physician assistants, hospitals) who have settled medical malpractice suits, how many, and the details of the cases?
Congrats to Regina Hoffman for being on Becker's list of 50 safety experts to know! "Regina Hoffman, RN. Executive Director of Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (Harrisburg). Ms. Hoffman became executive director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, an independent state agency, in 2016. She is responsible for increasing event reporting through the agency's patient safety reporting system and improving safety at 1,300 healthcare institutions across Pennsylvania. During her tenure, the agency has educated more than 34,500 professionals via conferences, webinars and on-site health facility trainings. She serves as editor-in-chief of Patient Safety, the organization's open-access, peer-reviewed journal, and as the subcommittee co-chair on learning systems for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Steering Committee on Patient Safety."
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