What’s in the Works?

  • Nov. 2, 12-1pm – MePSO Webinar: De-escalation & Staff Safety
    Promoting safety in health centers is an essential function of staff and is an active process that begins long before there is any conflict or escalation. Strong relationships with clients, ongoing observation, and strong assessment skills are essential tools in maintaining safety and preventing conflict, escalation, and violence and in responding effectively when they do occur. Join the MePCA PSO Team as they cover prevention, de-escalation, conflict resolution and how to follow up and debrief with staff following unsafe or challenging events with patients.

2022 Patient Safety Awareness Week
March 13-19, 2022

During the 2022 Patient Safety Awareness Week, taking place March 13-19, The Joint Commission will focus on healthcare worker resilience – turning the lens to the caregivers at the very front lines.

The events of the past two years have brought sharp focus to the need to advance from the “Triple Aim” of healthcare (health, care, and cost) to the “Quadruple Aim,” which adds improving the “health and well-being of care providers.”

As we enter Patient Safety Awareness Week, we want to share some of the resources that provide succinct insights to some of the major challenges caregivers face, either personally or in the context of their daily work. To learn more, read our statement.

Here’s the agenda for the week; click on the day to find resources for each topic:

Monday, March 14 (Workforce Well-being)

COVID-19 exacted a toll on the healthcare workforce, and perhaps no members were more directly affected in the hospital setting than nurses and respiratory therapists. We need to build greater reliability in our healthcare settings and greater resilience among our colleagues.

Tuesday, March 15 (Healthcare Equity)

More than five decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and the most inhuman.” Scholars have written that he said “inhuman” not “inhumane,” as this injustice was not just cruel, but beneath human dignity.

Wednesday, March 16 (Workplace Violence)

Personal safety is important in any role or job, but it is even more important in healthcare settings, because if healthcare staff do not feel safe, they cannot appropriately care for patients.

Thursday, March 17 (Maternal Health)

Out of every 100,000 pregnancies, nearly 18 women die each year in the U.S., and poor maternal and infant outcomes, including death, are far higher for people of color.

Friday, March 18 (Mental Health)

Too often, when we think of mental health, we only consider the patient. Caregivers are not immune to the stresses, physical exhaustion, and moral injury that have been amplified in the cruel wake of COVID-19. Without a mentally healthy workforce, we cannot have safe care.

*For more Patient Safety Awareness Week activities and resources, check out the AHRQ website!*

HRSA presents Patient Safety Awareness Week Event: Harnessing Individual Power
to Effect Positive Change
Thursday, March 17 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | Register here

This year’s program will feature Amelia Brooks, from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Amelia is a global leader in patient safety, high reliability, and quality improvement, who will provide strategies that healthcare organizations can implement immediately to improve the safety culture in their organizations. There will also be a virtual exhibit hall at the end of the session.