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

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DeCoskey also received an honorary achievement award from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for her work in medication reconciliation policies. The work involves ensuring that patients and families play a critical role in providing accurate medication history including both prescribed and over the counter mediations to their healthcare providers so the appropriate medication plan is provided to them.

"Chris brings a wealth of clinical knowledge in various care areas to her role as the Patient Safety Liaison," Charney said. "While at Holy Spirit Hospital, she devoted a considerable amount of time to helping the facility reach goals to reduce medication errors and healthcare-associated infections. Healthcare facilities are reporting these events frequently to the Patient Safety Authority."

Charney said other duties of the PSL include: helping the Authority gain a better understanding of the patient safety issues facing patients and facilities; assisting facilities with analyzing their data and utilizing the Authority's guidance to reduce and eliminate harmful events; identifying training needs and coordinating education and focus sessions with hospitals on a regional or individual level with personnel from the Authority's PSLs as well as contractors, ECRI Institute and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP); delivering presentations at individual hospitals, local professional societies and other interest groups regarding the Authority's role, mission and activities and fostering patient safety networks among facilities in the region.

"The Patient Safety Liaison program has provided the facilities and the Authority with opportunities to help one another to improve patient safety in their individual institutions," Charney said. "The program is a different approach that's working to help the Authority and the healthcare facilities reach thei
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