How Did the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Do in 2010?

Last month, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority released its annual report for 2010.  The Authority has worked to decrease the injuries and fatalities that may accompany medical mistakes in Pennsylvania by:

  • Reaching full staff on the Patient Safety Liaison (PSL) program.  Pennsylvania currently has 6 PSLs who each work with 65-100 healthcare facilities.  Each PSL regularly meets with the Patient Safety Officer in each of his or her assigned facilities to help the safety officers stay aware of educational materials.Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to have this type of program and to assign every hospital, outpatient surgical center, abortion clinic and birthing center a PSL to consult with about safety issues.
  • From August 2009 – October 2010 the Authority sponsored a multihospital blood specimen mislabeling collaborative in the Northeast.  By October 2010, there was a 37% decrease in specimen labeling errors.
  • The Authority also hosted other collaboratives on topics such as falls, wrong site surgeries and hospital acquired infections.
  • The rate of hospital acquired infections in Pennsylvania decreased 6% from 2009 to 2010.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority’s actions and results in 2010, please click here.