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Media Update: News from the Maryland Patient Safety Center

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Maryland Patient Safety Center Releases Two Reports

Monday, June 8, 2009—This week, the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) added a new feature to its website, Innovative Solutions for Keeping Patients Safe: Patient Safety Initiatives in Maryland, and released an overview of Maryland hospitals’ progress in improving medication safety.

Innovative Solutions for Keeping Patients Safe: Patient Safety Initiatives in Maryland.  Based on the MPSC 2009 Directory of Patient Safety Solutions, this new section of the MPSC website includes information about 102 patient safety initiatives taking place at 33 healthcare facilities in Maryland and Delaware.  These initiatives, submitted to MPSC by healthcare providers as a way to share best practices with their colleagues, were distributed as the 2009 Directory of Solutions at the MPSC Annual Patient Safety Conference. This is the fifth year that MPSC has collected and distributed the Safety Solutions Directory, but the first year that it has been made available on the website. 

This new website section organizes the patient safety initiatives by topic area, such as communication, falls, and infections prevention; additional solutions will be added on an ongoing basis.   An executive summary of the published 2009 Directory, Maryland Facilities Share Progress on Keeping Patients Safe: The MPSC 2009 Directory of Solutions, is also available.

Keeping Patients Safe by Improving Medication Safety in Maryland is now available on the MPSC website.  It summarizes the results of the MEDSAFE survey conducted by the MPSC, in partnership the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and the Maryland Hospital Association.  The 2009 survey findings [pdf] show that there has been steady and significant progress in medication safety in Maryland hospital since the MEDSAFE program to study and improve medication safety was initiated nearly a decade ago.  To view this overview, click here [pdf].

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About the Maryland Patient Safety Center
The Maryland Patient Safety Center, jointly supported by the Maryland Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation, brings together hospitals and health care providers to improve patient safety and health care quality for all Marylanders.  The goal of the Patient Safety Center is to make Maryland's health care the safest in the nation by focusing on the systems of care, reducing the occurrence of adverse events, and improving the culture of patient safety at Maryland health care facilities.  For further information, visit www.marylandpatientsafetycenter.org