June 30, 2016

Quality and Patient Safety forum set for Friday, July 29

A daylong forum on Quality and Patient Safety will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 29, at the Strategy and Innovation Center in the 3401 building on West End Avenue.

For this event, the Department of Quality, Safety, and Risk Prevention has partnered with Vanderbilt experts to level the knowledge base surrounding enterprise-wide quality and safety performance goals. This is also an opportunity for staff to identify deficiencies within their respective areas and discuss remedial measures.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Nursing Education and Professional Development, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.
The number of registrants is limited to 70.

Lunch will be provided, as well as coffee/drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Due to parking restrictions, transportation to the 3401 building will be provided using the Vanderbilt shuttle service. Plan on using the Purple Route shuttle, which arrives at 3401 every 15 minutes.

Participants rotate every 45 minutes to a new session, allowing for small group discussion and an interactive question and answer session.
 Infection Prevention: As one of the top nationally cited subjects, the Infection Prevention session will be crucial to addressing many central issues affecting patient safety and compliance. Topics will focus on the design and scope of

  • VUMC's Infection Prevention Program, including:
  • Disinfection and sterilization
  • Reprocessing single-use devices
  • Storage and disposal of medical equipment, devices, and supplies  

National Patient Safety Goals and Patient Rights: This session will identify and discuss current National Patient Safety Goals, with the specific focus on alarm fatigue. The training includes education on the new clinical alarm policy and customizing alarms based on individual patient needs. In addition, this session will discuss other National Patient Safety Goals, such as universal protocol, patient safety risks and patient identification.

Medication Management: This session will focus on the construct of our safe medication management system which addresses our organization’s medication processes. This includes the following (as applicable to the individual group):

  • Planning
  • Selection and procurement
  • Storage
  •  Ordering
  •  Preparing and dispensing
  • Administration
  • Monitoring
  • Evaluation

Environment of Care and Life Safety: This session will focus the most commonly identified environmental safety concerns, including corridor clutter, fire safety compliance and cleanliness. Additionally, the session will review VUMC's processes and policies and discuss whether there are current practices within areas that do not meet the VUMC set standards.  

Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services: This session will identify and discuss care activities, including but not limited to:

  • Patients’ risks and interventions related to falls
  • The administration of moderate or deep sedation and anesthesia
  • Provision of blood and blood components
  • Comprehensive pain assessment

Patient-Centered Communication and Its Impact on Quality, Safety, and Satisfaction: Patient-centered communication has been positively associated with HCAPHS scores. There is increasing evidence that these same techniques also impact patient quality and safety. This session focuses on effective communication skills that you and your colleagues can ‘hardwire’ into your daily interactions with patients and family members.