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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Hires Patient Safety Liaison (PSL) to Help Healthcare Facilities Implement Guidance
Date:6/11/2009

The position will be based in the south central region of PA with more hires planned throughout the state within the next several months

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has hired a Patient Safety Liaison for the south central region to help healthcare facilities that report through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS) implement guidance published in the Patient Safety Advisories.

The Patient Safety Liaison program began last year in northeastern Pennsylvania. In May, the Authority hired a PSL for the northwestern region of the state. The program, according to the Authority's Director of Educational Programs, Fran Charney, has given the Authority and healthcare facilities reporting through PA-PSRS an opportunity to discuss what patient safety initiatives have been successful and what opportunities still exist within their facilities. Due to feedback received from facilities, new educational programs to reduce healthcare-associated infections and the mislabeling of blood specimens have been developed.

"Facilities have been very receptive to the Authority and the Patient Safety Liaison program in general," Charney said. "Our new educational programs are a result of the feedback we've received from the hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities.

"The Patient Safety Officers are happy to have the helping hand that the PSL provides in making them aware of the Authority's educational toolkits and developing programs specifically for their areas of interest," Charney added.

Christina DeCoskey, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania has been hired as the south central Patient Safety Liaison. DeCoskey previously worked as the clinical performance coordinator at the Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. In that role, she coordinated teams to develop patient safety initiatives and adhere to health r
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