Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease accounts for 15.2 percent of maternal mortality, making it the leading cause of maternal deaths. In a study of 257 pregnancy related deaths in California, researchers found that 64 were linked to cardiovascular disease. Among these pregnancy related deaths, 42 cases were classified as cardiomyopathy and 22 were classified as other cardiovascular.

Lessons Learned

Surgical Fires: Lessons Learned from the CHPSO Database

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are between 550 and 650 surgical fires in the United States every year. These types of fires can result in catastrophic consequences including severe burns, permanent disfigurement and even death. Surgical fires are an example of an operating room (OR) fire. The American Society of Anesthesia defines OR fires and surgical fires as follows:


Transgender Care Issues

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a transgender person is someone whose gender identity does not correspond with the gender that they were assigned at birth. Some transgender individuals may choose to undergo medical and/or surgical interventions as they transition, while others may not.  Whether or not a patient chooses to seek gender-affirming surgical and medical interventions, they still have health care needs that are similar to the general population.


What is Patient Safety Evaluation System and How Long Should we Retain Patient Safety Work Product?

A patient safety evaluation system (PSES) is the system you use to collect, manage and analyze information (patient safety work product) for reporting to the CHPSO Patient Safety Organization. CHPSO has templates to help you get started. It is important to remember that only those incident reports and other documents, such as Event Analysis or sometimes called RCAs, which are collected with the intention of submitting to CHPSO, will be protected from discovery as patient safety work product.