Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety

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Hospitals across the state are continuously seeking solutions for the most urgent safety concerns. To help healthcare professionals save lives and reduce harm, the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Public Safety Organization (PSO) developed a white paper that outlines evidence-based recommendations and strategies to enhance patient safety and care delivery.

The white paper is the collective output of the work MAPS’ member organizations are doing every day, fortified by expert input, thought leadership and literature review. It also has a robust collection of references for additional reading. Purchase the white paper today to use in working toward our shared goal of zero patient harm. MAPS PSO has been federally certified since 2010 and is an IHA company. To learn how MAPS can help your organization improve patient safety, email MAPS@team-iha.org.

Staff contact: Carrie Pinasco

Busy Healthcare professional work hard to meet the demands of everyday quality and patient safety challenges.  By earning CPHQ certification, you are investing in your future.  Take advantage of an interactive 2-day event which will prepare you for the examination.  Susan Mellott, PhD, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, FNAHQ
will serve as faculty for IAHQ's CPHQ Preparation and Review Course on September 12-13, 2019, in Naperville, IL. To learn more, visit https://iahquality.org.
Send both nurses and provider team leads to collaborate at this important OB effort.

When: May 29th (OB) and May 30th (Neonatal), 2019 | Please register by May 20th, 2019.
Where: President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – A Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Springfield, IL
OB Registration (May 29th)
Neonatal Registration (May 30th)
OB Face to Face Topics will include: Mothers and Newborns affected by Opioids (MNO)- OB Initaitive, Immediate Postpartum LARC/Improving Postpartum Access to Care (IPAC.)
Collaborate with quality and patient safety professionals at the 2019 Annual Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality Conferenc and workhop.  Earn 7.5 hours of CE for Certified Professionals in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)

Register Now!  Prices start at $195 for Non-Members.

May 7 – Keynote Speaker
Mark Graban, founder Leanblog.org, and author of Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement, Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements and his latest book, Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More
Topic: Innovation and change management
National Patient Safety Awareness week is March 10-16
National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019 has started!  Are you ready to motivate your teams to seize opportunities for safety? This is an annual event that encourages everyone to learn more about health care safety. Preventing harm in the health care setting is a public health concern.  MAPS  wants to help you address this concern by providing your patient safety teams with tools, resources and collaboration to promote patient safety.

MAPS offers a variety of resources to help your patient safety teams learn about patient safety and ideas to promote patient safety in your organizations. We will be sending out three additional emails next Monday on Falls, Wednesday on Medication Safety and Friday on Culture of Safety and the Workforce to assist you in your patient safety efforts. Read more..

Mark your calendar-2-14-19 - MAPS PSO Safe Table – Critical Thinking
Foundations of Critical Thinking Complimenting HRO

MAPS PSO members will be exposed to a full day of cognitive and instinctive thinking along with key strategies that will maximize individual critical thinking and reasoning abilities. In healthcare’s fast paced, ever changing, complex environment, effective problem solving and decision-making skills are critical to patient safety. This innovative safe table will discuss human factors and approaches that will re-shape thinking to improve operations and resources to execute high reliability principles within organizations. Teams will be provided with cases to discuss new methods of thinking and evaluating processes.
March 4 – Call to Collaborate: From Screening to Action – Readmissions Safety Session

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) remain an area of opportunity for hospitals in the care coordination space. The challenge of capturing SDOH data on our patients and translating that data into action is one that too often goes unmet. In our effort to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time for every patient, we must begin to more effectively collect and act on SDOH data. 

This safety session will be complimentary to all GLPP-IHA HIIN and MAPS PSO members and provide examples of programming and strategies centered around SDOH and their impact on care coordination and readmissions.