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Media Update: News from the Maryland Patient Safety Center

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MPSC Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
SAFE from FALLS and Neonatal Collaboratives Host Key Events

Friday, June 19, 2009—Five years ago, on June 18, 2004, the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) was first designated by the Maryland Health Care20Commission (MHCC) as the state’s patient safety organization. MPSC congratulates the Maryland healthcare community, which has taken a leadership role in making patient safety a priority and expanding the impact of MPSC. MHA and the Delmarva Foundation were selected to jointly develop and run the new Maryland Patient Safety Center, and today they continue to act as primary members of the Center.  In late 2008, MPSC was redesignated by MHCC as the state’s patient safety organization through December 31, 2014 and is now also listed as a federal Patient Safety Organization by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

On Tuesday, June 16, MPSC held its SAFE from FALLS Pilot Outcomes Congress attended by almost 200 representatives of hospitals, home health, and long-term care organizations. Representatives of pilot teams and national experts shared their significant progress in reducing the frequency of and harm from patient falls. In fall 2009, MPSC will launch a statewide SAFE from FALLS initiative, built upon the lessons learned from the pilot project that began in July 2008.  MPSC will be seeking participation from Maryland hospitals, long term care facilities, and home health agencies in the statewide SAFE from FALLS initiative.   

On Thursday June 18, MPSC held the first Learning Session of the Neonatal Collaborative. Twenty-eight hospitals from Maryland and the District of Columbia are participating in this CareFirst-funded program. Participating hospital teams are working to achieve the aims of the Neonatal Collaborative, which include addressing infection preve ntion, decreasing neonatal mortality, and improving teamwork and communication.

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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