June 7, 2019 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Safer by the Dozen: 12th Annual Patient Safety Summit, August 1, Hurst, Texas

Since patient safety was first brought to light in the 1990s, studies have shown a large number of patients harmed by preventable errors such as system failures, human factors, prolonged hospital stays, and cost-cutting measures. Such errors can cause serious injury or death and result in billions of dollars in health care costs. The Patient Safety Summit serves as an opportunity for hospital employees to discuss past errors and to make strategic plans to keep them from happening again. More than 350 attendees are expected to participate, including healthcare employees, nurses, patient safety advocates, chief nursing officers, and hospital executives.

The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation’s 12th Annual Patient Safety Summit is set for August 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. This year’s theme is “Safer by the Dozen,” in honor of its 12th anniversary, with Rich Bluni, RN, the nationally known author of “Inspired Nurse,” serving as keynote speaker.

You will be interested in the session from 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., in the Ballroom: Marcus Miller, Vice President of Development, System Improvements, Inc., will speak on “Root Cause Analysis – Vanderbilt Medical Center.” Get to know more about how Marcus interacts with TapRooT® and patient safety by reading some of his posts here.

Kicking off the event is Elisa Arespacochaga, Vice President of the American Hospital Association’s Physician Alliance, with the topic “Clinician Well-Being/Burnout/Resilience.” She will be followed by an energetic panel discussion on “Health Literacy” with Dr. Teresa Wagner of UNT Health Science Center; Dr. Carol Howe of Texas Christian University; Brennan Lewis of Children’s Health; and Tracy Adame of Medical City Healthcare. That’s quite a lineup!

“We are thrilled about the speakers participating in the program this year,” said Kristin Tesmer, president of the DFWHC Foundation. “We have a famous author, a great team of panelists and representatives from the American Hospital Association, the Joint Commission and the Office of Inspector General. This is one of the most knowledgeable and prominent group of speakers we’ve ever had for the Summit. We are looking forward to hosting them.”

For a full agenda, please click here.

Use TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis to improve patient safety at your facility

Here, at System Improvements, Inc., fresh from the publisher are three new TapRooT® for Healthcare books; the new patient safety book set will help you stop the repetition of incidents through finding and fixing the causes of human error and equipment failures, and through developing better corrective actions.

Medical mistakes—things like wrong site surgeries, misadministration of drugs, improper use of medical devices, and simple things, such as slips and falls—harm or kill thousands of patients each year. Why doesn’t the medical community learn from these mistakes and prevent repeat incidents? One of the reasons is that they have not adopted advanced root cause analysis. TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis can be used to reactively investigate and prevent repeat sentinel events or proactively to improve performance by finding and fixing a problem’s root causes before a medical error occurs.

Listen to the latest TapRooT® TV series

View or listen to a discussion by TapRooT® professionals. We premiere new TapRooT® videos on Wednesdays, a little after noon EST, first on Facebook (click HERE to watch on Facebook), and then on YouTube (click HERE to watch on YouTube) about an hour later. You can also listen to TapRooT® on the go via our Podcast channel. Find our channel on iTunes and Stitcher.

A topical TapRooT® TV series you may be interested in is the “How to Stop Human Error Video Series.” For a reduction in the number of mistakes your workers make, you need human factors solutions that prevent the opportunity for your workers to make errors.


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