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Patient Safety in Hospitals the Impetus for New Patient Quality & Safety Certificate at Regis University

June 22, 2009
Patient safety in hospitals the impetus for new Patient Quality and Safety Certificate at Regis Univ Written by Veasey, Donnie (DENVER) – Patient safety in hospitals is the impetus for a new Patient Quality and Safety Certificate being launched by this fall by Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (RHCHP). The Exempla health care system in Denver asked Regis University to develop training that could be delivered in the classroom and online. “The certificate for quality and patient safety is designed to help train hospital staff – not just the risk manager and quality staff but other targeted hospital personnel – about reducing handling errors, identifying risk areas in hospitals, preventing medication errors and more,’ said Sheila Carlon, a Ph.D. and director of Health Services Administration Program in RHCHP. The certificate will consist of four three-credit academic courses taken in sequences which can be completed in two terms. Graduate level academic credit is granted for these courses and facilities' tuition reimbursement can be used. “Nearly every year there are thousands of deaths per year that are attributed to errors in treatment in medical facilities - many related to medication errors,” Carlon said. “That awareness of how to manage processes in the hospitals and other care environments and an understanding of how and why events such as these happen they can be prevented.” Carlon noted that patient safety became a top item during the past several years after the Institute of Medicine published a piece titled To Err is Human which revealed that “as many as 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals. That's more than die from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS--three causes that receive far more public attention - or akin to a 747 going down every day.” Carlon added that the IOM report solidified actions of the health care community to respond in a way that would begin to address these problems from several angles: implementing health care technology and e-prescriptions, and taking a more aggressive approach to understanding errors in order to prevent them. “Patient Safety training and knowledge is now everyone's job in health care facilities but training is not always available to everyone in an accessible format,” Carlon said. “Our hope is that we can begin to educate key health care personnel to make each patient and visitor experience at a health care facility a safe one.”- The Cherry Creek News -