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Latest Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Stories

2014-03-06 08:31:15

The 18-month collaboration showed decreased DOS cancellations when a nurse-driven preoperative screening and assessment were implemented HARRISBURG, Pa., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs) in northeast Pennsylvania collaborated with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and implemented protocols, like a nurse-driven preoperative screening and assessment, for reducing day-of-surgery (DOS) cancellations, according to an article from the March...

2014-03-03 08:24:03

Authority also offers educational materials for healthcare facilities and consumers based upon topic of missed diagnosis for National Patient Safety Awareness Week March 3-9 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Continuing efforts to encourage each healthcare worker in Pennsylvania's healthcare facilities to make a personal commitment to patient safety, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has featured 10 individuals and groups on posters who have committed...

2013-12-17 12:25:52

Of the reported medication events 337 reached the patient but most did not result in patient harm, however three percent or 18 patients were harmed HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority analysts identified 501 reports involving breakdowns in the medication reconciliation process with a majority of the events occurring during admission medication reconciliation, according to an article in the December Pennsylvania Patient Safety...

2013-09-05 08:25:45

The data analysis gives Pennsylvania healthcare facilities information they can use to avoid these types of errors when using EHRs HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 300 events related to EHR software defaults analyzed by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority gives Pennsylvania healthcare facilities information they can use to avoid EHR events such as wrong-time and wrong-dose errors. The information was published in the September issue of the Pennsylvania...

2013-06-03 12:28:25

Wrong-patient events occurred in all phases of the medication-use process HARRISBURG, Pa., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 800 wrong-patient medication errors were reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in a six-month period with errors most common during the transcribing and administration phases and least often during the dispensing and prescribing phases, according to information in the June Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory released today. "While...

2013-04-30 12:26:40

The report highlights significant increases in its educational sessions, a new strategic plan broadening Authority programs and successful collaboration efforts HARRISBURG, Pa., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority issued its 2012 Annual Report highlighting increases in its educational programs where attendance grew 70 percent since last year with nearly twice the number of individuals participating in its free educational sessions...

2013-03-04 08:24:48

Healthcare facilities should have policies and procedures in place to assist class III obese patients and consumer tips are offered for obese patients to help them choose a facility that works best for their needs HARRISBURG, Pa., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Class III obese patients are more likely than a patient in the general adverse event population to experience a harmful adverse event, according to information in the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority's March...

2013-03-01 12:24:54

In the news release, The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Welcomes New Board Members, issued 28-Feb-2013 by Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority over PR Newswire, we are advised by the organization that the the academic institutions of some of the board members were incorrect. The complete, corrected release follows: The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Welcomes New Board Members The Authority is indebted to board members whose service has expired HARRISBURG, Pa.,...

2013-02-28 08:29:41

The Authority is indebted to board members whose service has expired HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority welcomes three new members to its Patient Safety Authority Board of Directors. "The Patient Safety Authority is pleased to welcome new members to its board," Mike Doering, executive director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said. "The Authority has experienced many changes throughout the years and I'm...

2012-12-12 08:27:40

The Authority's data offers first look at safety issues related to EHRs in Pennsylvania healthcare facilities HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With limited data available on potential safety risks related to EHRs, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has published one of the largest compilations of safety issues related to EHRs in Pennsylvania healthcare facilities in its December Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory released today. "When most people talk...