Safety Insider: Fall 2019
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New Enterprisewide Patient Identification Policy

On Dec. 1, a new Johns Hopkins Medicine identification of patients policy took effect across the health system to improve patient identification, from scheduling and registration through the entire continuum of care. See the policy here
Johns Hopkins Hospitals Receive High Safety Ratings

This year, all five Johns Hopkins Medicine hospitals that provide care to adult patients earned high safety ratings from the Leapfrog Group. Learn more about the fall safety grades.
Patient Safety Summit

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s 10th annual Patient Safety Summit is set for March 13, 2020. Participants will have a forum to share patient safety and quality research, as well as solutions regarding culture change, identification and prevention of harm, and patient and family involvement. Registration will open in January. Learn more.
High Value Conference Aims to Improve Quality and Affordability of Health Care

The event addressed high value health care for adult and pediatric patients in inpatient, outpatient and emergency settings. Barriers to providing high value care were covered in the keynote speech by Allen Kachalia, senior vice president of safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Read more.
Johns Hopkins Receives Quality Awards

The Johns Hopkins Health System was named an Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) Proven Practice Expert Contributor as well as an eCQM Proven Practice Solution Contributor. The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program recognized The Johns Hopkins Hospital with “meritorious” status for outcomes in surgical patient care in 2018. Read more
Tylenol During Pregnancy May Increase Autism, ADHD Risks

A Johns Hopkins study analyzing umbilical cord blood samples found that newborns with the highest exposure to acetaminophen were about three times more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder  or autism spectrum disorder in childhood. Learn more
Clinical Missteps Obscuring a Lung Cancer Diagnosis

“Lung cancer is probably at the top of the [misdiagnosis] list both because it’s a disease that we tend to miss because its symptoms are nonspecific, and there is less effective implementation of [lung] screening guidelines,” says David Newman-Toker, director of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence. Read more.
The Keys to Understanding Sepsis

When the body puts up an unexpected and extreme response to a common infection such as food poisoning, a cut or a urinary tract infection, the result could be sepsis. Recognize the signs. Learn more.


Just Culture Training for Managers

To help create a culture that is committed to excellence, that adapts quickly to an ever-changing environment and that nurtures learning, teamwork and transparency, Johns Hopkins Medicine will implement the Just Culture model across the enterprise. Read more.
View Armstrong Institute Grand Rounds Simulcasts

If you missed the past three Grand Rounds on quality assessment and improvement in plastic and reconstructive surgery, hospital safety grades and the opioid crisis, you can watch a watch a simulcast of the events.
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