Safety Bytes

My Medicine List updates!

Seeking presenters! Promoting the use of personal medicine list is a high-priority activity of the Coalition. WPSC is looking for speakers for two webinars in 2015 who can present on the use of personal medicine lists – the importance of such a list to patient safety; examples of programs or efforts to get patients and families to use them; effects on safety; and/or related topics. This is a great opportunity to share the work you are doing with the community. Webinars are always on Wednesdays from noon -1 p.m. Pacific Time. Attendees typically are health care providers, usually in positions of responsibility related to safety in various settings.

Are you interested in helping the Coalition and the patient safety community raise awareness of the importance of personal medicine lists? This group, chaired by Jenny Arnold with the Washington State Pharmacy Association, meets monthly by phone and welcomes new members, especially (but not limited to) those in ambulatory settings and people from outside the Everett-Seattle area.

We are also always on the lookout for opportunities to share our resources and information – health fairs, community meetings, classes, and other settings. Do you know of something coming up? We have materials and speakers for various audiences: patients and families, consumer groups, health care students and professionals.

For more information about any of these, please contact Miriam Marcus-Smith, WPSC Program Director, at, or 206-682-2811 ext. 370.

The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® is seeking nominations

The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® is seeking nominations for this annually-presented award that honors hospitals pursuing excellence through hospital leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. Applications are due October 12. Please nominate an organization (either your own or another) or download an application directly from


AHRQ announces the launch of the TeamSTEPPS National Implementation LISTSERV, a moderated mailing list that can be used to exchange ideas and needs, share resources, and network. To subscribe, contact AHRQ at


Iodine has an interesting blog about medication use and “the curious ways we make health decisions.”

Upcoming FREE CPIN Webinars

The Clinical Performance Improvement Network is pleased to announce an ongoing webinar series; all session are designed to assist physician practices focus efforts on quality improvement.  These webinars are presented free of charge for all physicians, medical group staff, and other care providers. There will be a charge of $75 for non-clinical participants.

More information and the schedule are available at

Safety is Personal

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute recently released a report of its Roundtable on Consumer Engagement in Patient Safety:  “Safety is Personal – Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care.”

This excellent paper is available on the Institute’s website: