One of the benefits of belonging to a patient safety organization
(PSO) is the ability of members to be part of a large learning
community. With more than 400 member facilities in 10 states,
CHPSO is able to provide the structure for such a community.
One of the ways that CHPSO facilitates shared learning among its
members is through regular safe table meetings. CHPSO hosts about
22 safe table meetings per year on a wide variety of topics
driven by CHPSO member requests and suggestions, as well as from
patterns observed in the CHPSO database.
Discussions range from pressure injuries and falls to
cardiovascular disease in pregnancy to medication errors in
pediatric units and children’s hospitals. CHPSO members receive
one continuing education unit (CE) free of charge for each safe
table that they attend. In 2018, more than 800 members attended
the CHPSO safe tables, with nearly 350 CE units awarded.
The meetings are structured to facilitate an open dialogue about
patient safety and quality issues in a case study format. Because
these forums are conducted by a federally-listed PSO, the content
discussed is legally protected. Knowing this, members can be
candid about challenges and take advantage of this protected
environment to engage in frank and transparent discussions.
In addition to sharing cases, members are encouraged to share
best practices relevant to the selected topic. Often these best
practices have been implemented in member organizations in
response to a patient safety event or near-miss. This allows the
member organization to share their work and get feedback from
Please note that, because these safe table forums include
discussions of Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP), the meetings
are for CHPSO members only and the sessions cannot be recorded.
Click here to see if your
organization is a CHPSO member, and click here for the
current CHPSO safe table calendar.
If you have a suggestion for a safe table topic, contact CHPSO by
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Safety News and is intended to provide answers to common
inquiries. If you have a question, please contact us at (916)
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