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Nursing2015

June 2006, Volume 36 Number 6 - Supplement: Travel Nursing 2006 , p 3 - 3 [FREE]

Author

  • Anne Woods, RN, CRNP, APRN,BC, MSN

Abstract

 

Health care organizations across the country are working to make health care safety a priority. So no matter where you work, you'll see initiatives such as:

 

* the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign (the first national effort to promote saving a specified number of lives by a certain date-June 14, 2006)

 

* the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's National Patient Safety Goals for 2006 and the "do-not-use" list of abbreviations

 

* the Institute for Safe Medication Practices' list of high-alert medications.

 

 

As a nurse, you can help support and strengthen these initiatives by becoming familiar with them and by staying up-to-date. One way to do that is to bookmark a few key Web sites and access them routinely to see what's new. Here's a list of sites I recommend for reliable, helpful information.

 

[black right pointing small triangle] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) http://www.ahrq.gov PSNet (Patient Safety Network) http://www.psnet.ahrq.gov

 

[black right pointing small triangle] Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Safety News http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/psn/index.cfm

 

[black right pointing small triangle] Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) http://www.ihi.org 100,000 Lives Campaign http://www.ihi.org/IHI/Programs/Campaign/

 

[black right pointing small triangle] Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) http://www.ismp.org List of high-alert medications http://www.ismp.org/Tools/highalertmedications.pdf

 

[black right pointing small triangle] Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) http://www.jointcommission.org "Do-not-use" list http://www.jointcommission.org/PatientSafety/DoNotUseList Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety http://www.jcipatientsafety.org National Patient Safety Goals for 2006 http://www.jointcommission.org/PatientSafety/NationalPatientSafetyGoals/

 

[black right pointing small triangle] National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) http://www.npsf.org

 

 

-Anne Woods, RN, CRNP, APRN,BC, MSN

 

Clinical Director, Nursing2006

Health care organizations across the country are working to make health care safety a priority. So no matter where you work, you'll see initiatives such as:

* the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign (the first national effort to promote saving a specified number of lives by a certain date-June 14, 2006)

 
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* the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's National Patient Safety Goals for 2006 and the "do-not-use" list of abbreviations

* the Institute for Safe Medication Practices' list of high-alert medications.

As a nurse, you can help support and strengthen these initiatives by becoming familiar with them and by staying up-to-date. One way to do that is to bookmark a few key Web sites and access them routinely to see what's new. Here's a list of sites I recommend for reliable, helpful information.

[black right pointing small triangle] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) http://www.ahrq.gov PSNet (Patient Safety Network) http://www.psnet.ahrq.gov

[black right pointing small triangle] Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Safety News http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/psn/index.cfm

[black right pointing small triangle] Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) http://www.ihi.org 100,000 Lives Campaign http://www.ihi.org/IHI/Programs/Campaign/

[black right pointing small triangle] Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) http://www.ismp.org List of high-alert medications http://www.ismp.org/Tools/highalertmedications.pdf

[black right pointing small triangle] Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) http://www.jointcommission.org "Do-not-use" list http://www.jointcommission.org/PatientSafety/DoNotUseList Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety http://www.jcipatientsafety.org National Patient Safety Goals for 2006 http://www.jointcommission.org/PatientSafety/NationalPatientSafetyGoals/

[black right pointing small triangle] National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) http://www.npsf.org

-Anne Woods, RN, CRNP, APRN,BC, MSN

Clinical Director, Nursing2006