Recently, CHPSO hosted a safe table, Care of the Conserved
Patient, focused on patients with a Lanterman-Petris-Short [LPS]
conservatorship that is patients with a psychiatric diagnosis
resulting in grave disability. It became abundantly clear during
the discussion that caring for patients with an LPS
conservatorship is often challenging and complex. Good
communication both within and among facilities is key. It is also
essential that organizations have a plan in place for the early
identification of patients with a conservatorship.
We have recently become aware of requests of federal regulators
to review patient
safety work product (PSWP.) This is a good opportunity to
remind CHPSO members of the
parameters governing release of PSWP and additional resources
that may be of use. As you know, documents that a facility
has identified as PSWP as part of their overall patient safety evaluation system policies
and procedures are considered privileged under the Patient Safety
In a recent webinar, in honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week, the authors Dr. Russell Kerbel and Summer Gupta of this article provided insight and practical tools to help an organization move the needle on important sepsis related measures. In this article, the authors discuss the changes in sepsis definitions over time and how having a shared terminology can lead to the establishment of high reliability in the care of patients with sepsis.
Every year CHPSO provides members with an annual report which
highlights patient safely related activities, analytics, and a
review of membership and database status. Traditionally, a
printed copy of the annual report is mailed to each member
facility CEO and lead contact in Quality Improvement/Patient
Safety. In addition, a digital copy is made available to CHPSO
newsletter subscribers and is posted on our website
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.
This week CHPSO and Hospital Quality Institute
(HQI) celebrated Patient Safety Awareness Week with a series of
very well attended and highly informative webinars. The topics
included Sepsis, Behavioral Heath, and Medication Safety. There
were a total of 719 registrants with 261 hospitals represented.