Patient Safety

In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week, this issue of QIO News looks at how QIN-QIO’s are working to improve patient and medication safety, including antibiotic stewardship and reducing opioid abuse. 

CMS’ antibiotic stewardship subject matter expert shares with QIO News the latest updates about QIN-QIOs’ efforts to better manage the use of antibiotics in clinical settings. 
New England QIN-QIO — the QIN-QIO serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — is helping address the opioid crisis in Connecticut by engaging pharmacists to help better manage patients’ use of opioids. 
A new video from HSAG — the QIN-QIO for Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands — tells one patient’s story about the impact of a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection, and highlights strategies that can help prevent future infections. 
The QIO Program’s Strategic Innovation Engine seeks innovative quality improvement practices. 
Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a new web-based toolkit provides technical bundles, literature reviews, sample protocols, and other resources to help improve safety for mechanically ventilated patients. 
The 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference explored how changing payment and measurement systems are helping to transform health care. 
Did You Know? 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing critical investments in communities nationwide to support antibiotic resistance solutions. A new interactive map highlights the CDC’s work and can be used to learn more about antibiotic stewardship efforts where you live or work.