Letter from the Chair
Welcome to our QIPS newsletter. The year has been very productive thus far. Read More »
We are completing our 2016-17 section grant on behavioral health emergencies, and it was recently announced that Dr. Brian Sharp was awarded a 2017-18 section grant on opioid education.
We have enjoyed 2 webinars: Drew Fuller led our “The Safer Airway Project” webinar and more recently, we enjoyed a webinar on team training in the ED with experts from the University of Michigan and Yale University.
QIPS TIPS #33: Falling for You!
As you now know, in 2008 CMS identified ten categories of conditions that will no longer be reimbursed. The implementation of this rule is now being felt by hospitals and providers. On a gut level the change does not seem unreasonable. The new rule basically says that if something bad happens to a patient in the hospital, the hospital does not get paid to treat that condition. These so-called Hospital Acquired Conditions include one entity particularly relevant for the emergency department: Falls and Trauma.Read More »
Closing the Back Door: Fixing a Workaround Improves Medication Safety
While there is data showing some patient safety advantages to computerized physician order entry (CPOE), such as reduction in errors due to transcription, there have been new errors that have been identified, such as those associated with developing workarounds to complicated ordersets. As boarding hours increased at our facility, the number of patients on IV infusion medications, such as heparin, that were boarding in the ED also increased.Read More »