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Patient Safety Authority Issues Annual Report for 2007
Date:4/30/2008

icers have asked for more of a presence from the Patient Safety Authority to help them implement patient safety initiatives," Doering said. "We recognize that while every facility shares the same goal to improve patient safety, each facility faces different obstacles in achieving that goal. These new Authority employees will work with facilities on a more individual basis to help them achieve their patient safety goals."

Doering added that several of the initiatives require collaboration with other healthcare and state entities.

"We're working with the Hospital and HealthSystem Association to implement a pilot program to educate hospital trustees and top-line management and we've been working with the Department of Health, Governor's Office of Healthcare Reform and Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council to implement Act fifty-two to reduce and eliminate healthcare associated infections," Doering said.

Through Act 52 the Authority established a 15-member panel of infection control experts throughout Pennsylvania. The panel has been instrumental in providing guidance for the Authority and Department of Health in determining the reportable infection events for hospitals and nursing homes. The Authority plans to use the panel to assist in identifying training and education activities that will reduce and eliminate healthcare associated infections.

Another initiative in the plan will allow Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Officers to share best practices and other information through a confidential electronic forum so they can learn from one another more directly.

"So many facilities are developing and implementing great programs to improve patient safety," Doering said. "Our goal is to help them share the information instead of having each facility reinvent the wheel."

The Authority will also work towards improving the consistency in the number of reports received through PA-PSRS. The data in the 2007 Annual R
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