Sunday, March 21, 2010: 7:00 AM-8:20 AM
Hong Kong (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
CME Credits: 1.25
Summary: Increasingly The Joint Commission, National Patient Safety Foundation, and other organizations are calling for accurate tracking of non-infectious adverse events occurring in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Public reporting of non-infectious adverse events is increasingly required and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other funding agencies intend to deny hospital payments if adverse events described as “never events” occur. Better methods to track, evaluate, and prevent non-infectious adverse events such as falls, medication errors, and pressure ulcers are needed. Infection preventionists and healthcare epidemiologists are often asked to consult on these difficult problems and develop systems to prevent these complications. This session will provide important new insights into best practices and strategies to track evaluate and prevent non-infectious adverse events in diverse healthcare settings.Learning Objectives:
- Discuss and outline innovative methods to perform surveillance for noninfectious adverse events such as falls, medication errors, and pressure ulcers.
- Identify the essential tools and interventions to reduce non-infectious adverse events.