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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Hires Patient Safety Liaison to Help Healthcare Facilities Implement Guidance
Date:8/28/2008

y be having in improving patient safety."

Doering said specifically among other duties the PSL will: help the Authority gain a better understanding of the patient safety issues facing patients and facilities; assist facilities with implementing Authority guidance to reduce and eliminate harmful events; identify training needs and coordinate education and focus sessions with hospitals on a regional or individual level with personnel from the Authority's contractors, ECRI Institute and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP); deliver presentations at individual hospitals, local professional societies and other interest groups regarding the Authority's role, mission and activities and foster patient safety cooperation among facilities in the region.

"This is a program done nowhere else in the country," Doering said. "Megan and the Director of Educational Programs will be charged with developing the program. Once it's developed, we plan to hire more patient safety liaisons in 2009.

"It's an exciting time for the Authority and Pennsylvania's healthcare facilities. The new employees are the extra ingredient needed to implement the best educational programs possible for improved patient safety," Doering added.

BACKGROUND

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is an independent state agency created by Act 13 of 2002, the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error ("Mcare") Act, to help reduce and eliminate medical errors by identifying problems and recommending solutions that promote patient safety. Under the Act, all Pennsylvania-licensed hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities, birthing centers and certain abortion facilities are required to report what the Act defines as "serious events" and "incidents" to the Authority.

More than 790,000 reports have been submitted through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS) since the program was initiated in June 2004. Approximately 96 percent of the
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