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QUALITY AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
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  • Through the utilization of Safety Reporting and interdisciplinary collaboration, the PACU nurses, formed the Perioperative Bed Safety Committee (PBSC), which tracked and identified patients with clinical predispositions for skin breakdown and risks for staff injuries. The PBSC continues monitoring, implementing,  and educating staff about customized support surfaces (placement on beds vs stretchers).
  • The Evidence- Based Practice presentation by Dr. V. Capasso addressed: what EBP is, how to formulate PICO  (Population, intervention, comparison, outcome) question,  how to search for best evidence, and MGH support for conducting literature search, review, and selection. We reviewed multiple nurse- driven examples of EBP integration throughout MGH and their outcomes. Champions discussed their unit-based needs for QI projects: nurses’ knowledge and MGH resources to support education for newly diagnosed diabetic patients.  
  • Work is being done at MGH to help resolve the issues surrounding patient discharges and improving patient throughput. The delay in discharges is being addressed by the new "discharge lounge," which is where patients can wait for their rides or their discharge medications. This lounge is moving patients out of inpatient beds in a timelier manner which helps to keep admission flow more efficient. We also discussed the necessity of filing a safety report when delays in discharge occur to track and identify other causes and contributors. We will continue discussion on discharge delays and Safety Reporting overall during our April meeting. 

2020 Goals

  • Working with unit/departmental leadership, champions will continue to advance a culture of  safety culture based on foundational frameworks linked to quality and safety improvements.
  • Improve workforce safety, with a special focus on assaults on nursing personnel though ongoing commitment to collaborative learning and safety reporting.

2020 Accomplishments

  • Each meeting, champions shared 1-2 Safety Moments which supported our Just Culture and raised awareness of safety risks.
  • Brought forward issues/concerns impacting patients and staff as we moved through the pandemic, including resiliency rounds and Circle Up Huddles.
  • Champions will be serving as key contacts for their colleagues as we prepare for Magnet and JC visits
  • Reviewed NSI and safety dashboards at every meeting to further their knowledge and to “close the loop” with their colleagues.

2021 Goals

  • Working with unit/departmental leadership, champions will continue to advance a culture of  safety culture based on foundational frameworks linked to quality and safety improvements.
  • Improve workforce safety, with a special focus on assaults on nursing personnel though ongoing commitment to collaborative learning and safety reporting.
  • Continue to focus on staffs physical and emotional recovery and resiliency as we move through the pandemic.
  • Serve as resource to colleagues as we prepare for Magnet and JCI visits.

 

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Meets:
4th Tuesday of the month
1:00-3:00pm
Sweet Conference Room, Gray / Bigelow 4

Committee Contacts

Co-chairs:

Elzbieta Gilbride, RN, Medicine, White 10
EGilbride@partners.org

Caitlin Carter, RN Blake 7 CCCarter1@Partners.org

Coach:

Karen Miguel, RN, PCS Quality and Safety
KMiguel@Partners.org

Advisor:

Colleen Snydeman, RN
Director, PCS Quality and Safety
CSnydeman@Partners.org

Recorder: Melanie Roth
PCS Informatics, MAROTH@mgh.harvard.edu

Quality and Safety Champions

 

 

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