Violence in Healthcare

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), healthcare workers have a higher risk of being injured as the result of workplace violence than workers in any other industry. Between 2002 and 2013, OSHA reported that the rate of injuries requiring time off work was four times higher among healthcare workers when compared with the private industry average. These rates are probably underestimated, as many workplace violence events are unreported.


Blood Product Administration: Lives and Dollars

In 2010, blood transfusions were the most common procedures among hospitalized patients. They are often necessary and life-saving interventions; however, as blood is neither free nor completely benign, the overutilization has led many to conclude that when it comes to blood product administration, “less is more.”


The Limits of the PSWP Privilege

The Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP) privilege overrides other federal, state, tribal, and local laws. Discovery disputes are rarely about the privilege itself. Most revolve around whether an item is PSWP. The thorniest issues arise around whether a document should be eligible for PSWP privilege—particularly whether it was prepared for a purpose other than reporting to a Patient Safety Organization (PSO).


How Much Does it Cost to Join CHPSO?

Membership to CHPSO Patient Safety Organization is complimentary to members of the California Hospital Association (CHA) and the regional associations: Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, Hospital Association of Southern California, and Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties). There is a nominal fee for other organizations. A fee schedule is available on the prospective members section.


Submit Event Report Data Now

Each year, CHPSO Patient Safety Organization provides members with an annual update of the safety event reports submitted to the CHPSO database. Under a federal law, CHPSO provides a protection to hospitals by collecting safety event data. In turn, CHPSO analyzes these data from member organizations and provides specific feedback to hospitals and shares general, de-identified information to the health care community. To be included in this year’s hospital-specific analysis, events should be submitted by January 31, 2018.


HQI Accepting Applications for HCRO Cohorts

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) is currently accepting applications from hospitals that are interested in participation in HealthCare Reliability Organizing (HCRO) to achieve reliable and sustainable performance.


Nearly Half of California Hospitals Have Met Goal for Reducing Unnecessary Cesarean Deliveries
Still time for remaining hospitals to reach target rate by 2020

Under the CalSIM Maternity Initiative, Covered California, the California Department of Health Care Services, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and major employers – with support from the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) – have adopted the goal of reducing nulliparous, term, singleton, vertex cesarean-section rates in California to meet or exceed the national Healthy People 2020 target of 23.9 percent or less for each hospital in the state. This measure relates to unnecessary cesarean deliveries for first-


HQI’s New Webinars and Workshops in 2018

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI)’s new webinars and workshops are ready to roll out in the first months of 2018. These include: