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Patient Safety Webinar Series

This webinar series from the NNLM South Central Region and co-sponsored by SaferCare Texas (formerly known as the UNTHSC Institute for Patient Safety) features expert guest speakers presenting on topics related to the field of patient safety and health care quality.

Through this series, we hope to empower health care professionals, patients, and health information professionals to support the elimination of preventable harm and achieve the highest quality in health care possible. Sessions will be scheduled quarterly and topics chosen based on current trends in patient care. Possible topics include patient safety research, quality improvement, opioid abuse, precision medicine, human factors engineering, high reliability organizations, and ambulatory care.

**Please note: Login information will be unique for every session. Please check our website or look for our email announcements to get the latest information for the next upcoming session.**

Title: TBD
Guest Speaker: TBD
Date: December 3rd, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm CT / 10:00am - 11:00am MT
Co-Sponsored by: SaferCare Texas
Description: TBD

Speaker Bio: TBD

This session is eligible for 1 hour of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association and will be recorded for future viewing. Links to past recorded sessions can be found below.

To Join the Meeting

  1. Go to nih.webex.com.
  2. Enter the session number: TBD​ and password: patient
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
  4. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
  5. Select your audio connection preference:
    *Call using computer - Adjust settings and test the connection
    *Call from WebEx - Enter your direct phone number and press 1 when prompted
    *Call in - Call: 1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada Toll number)
    Enter access code: TBD #
    Enter the Attendee ID on your screen and press #
  6. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: patient

**Please note: Login information will be unique for every session. Please check our website or look for our email announcements to get the latest information for the next upcoming session.**


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This series is co-sponsored by SaferCare Texas (formerly the University of North Texas Health Science Center Institute for Patient Safety). SaferCare TX was founded as a response to the national challenge to improve patient safety and is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health care in our region and throughout the nation.

SaferCare is achieving its objectives through collaborative, patient-centered, interprofessional initiatives that include comprehensive professional and community education, applied research to generate new knowledge and innovations, and quality improvement projects that directly impact health care delivery. Although led by UNTHSC, SaferCare includes diverse health care and related institutions throughout the region, as well as institute fellows and scholars who represent a broad array of health care professionals, patients, and advocates.

Archived Sessions

Session 1
Topic: SafetyNET - Enhancing Quality and Understanding of Patient Safety: a focus on Spinal Manipulation Therapy (SMT)
Speaker: Katherine Pohlman, DC, MS, PhD(c), Clinical Research Scientist at Parker University
Description: Improved quality of care through patient safety is a priority for the American healthcare systems. Although most health care happens in community-based offices, patient safety research in these settings has been limited. SMT is a therapy delivered by several community-based healthcare professionals with over 50% of the American population receiving SMT sometime in their life. This webinar will present ongoing and past SMT patient safety research, including current opportunities for provider participation.
Date: August 31, 2017
Watch the Recording

Session 2
Topic: Moving Towards High Reliability in Health Care
Guest Speaker: Frances Griffin, Registered Respiratory Therapist and independent consultant and faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Description: What does it look like when a health care organization starts moving towards high reliability? In this session, characteristics of high reliability organizations will be discussed and the types of practical strategies that health care organizations can adopt to move towards these characteristics.
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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Session 3
Topic: Tipping the Culture in Healthcare - Mass Communication and Impacting Perception
Speaker: Jessica Maack Rangel, MS, RN, Senior Fellow and Nurse Executive, UNTHSC Institute for Patient Safety
Description: The healthcare industry has worked diligently to achieve improved and sustained patient safety outcomes; however, the impact of these efforts on improvement measures has been insufficient, especially when compared to high reliability organizations such as aviation and nuclear power industries. What's the difference, and what can healthcare learn from these organizations? This session is designed to be a thought-provoking appeal to examine healthcare messaging and its impact on patient safety.  High reliability principles imbued with an interprofessional approach to communication design can make a difference. "Every system is perfectly designed to achieve the outcomes it gets." Let's tip the culture in a direction that drives safety.
Date: May 15, 2018
Watch the Recording

Session 4
Topic: Achieving Transformation: Leveraging Culture and Visible Improvement to Enhance Care and Experience for Patients and Personnel​
Speaker: Allan Frankel, MD, and Maleek Jamal, PhD, Safe and Reliable Healthcare
Dr. Allan Frankel and Dr. Maleek Jamal of Safe & Reliable Healthcare will engage attendees with:

  1. A published and proven framework to achieve Cultural Transformation, co-developed with Institute of Healthcare Improvement [IHI]
  2. Methods and tools to effectively measure culture, enabling direct data linkages to outcomes like readmissions, CLABSIs, HCAHPS.
  3. Easy-to-implement strategies to reduce burnout, and engage frontline teams in ongoing improvement work at the unit level. Includes best practice insights from Mayo Clinic, NYU, and the Military Health System.

Date: August 21, 2018
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Session 5
Topic: Health and Nutrition Literacy: The Social Determinants of Health, Healing & Patient Safety
Speaker: Teresa Wagner, DrPH, Assistant Professor and Senior Fellow, SaferCare Texas, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Description: Healthy People 2020 recognizes that, "Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities." We know that taking care of ourselves by eating well and staying active, avoiding smoking & nicotine, getting immunizations and screening tests, adequate sleep and having access to healthcare when we are sick all influence our health. These factors are called the Social Determinants of Health and play out in our overall health and wellness.
The ability to understand these factors and how they interact with, "the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness and quality of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships" plays a key role in our health healing & ultimately reflects in our recovery response to healthcare services. This presentation will not only explain these intersections of life, health literacy and society but also offer community-based and programmatic solutions.
Date: December 4, 2018
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Session 6
Topic: Burnout Among Healthcare Professionals: The Unrecognized Safety Imperative
Speaker: Lillee Smith Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN, Nurse Executive and Senior Fellow, SaferCare Texas, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Description: Recent research published by the National Academy of Medicine links poor healthcare outcomes to clinician burnout, including lower quality, increased costs, higher turnover and alarming rates of suicide and depression.  Evidence-based strategies to address the problem are known, but less clear is how organizations can successfully implement them. 
The issues related to this hidden epidemic will be described and how the ability to achieve optimal performance and outcome excellence is undermined by worker fatigue and burnout.  The importance of worker overall health and well-being to create and sustain a culture of safety, a healthy work environment, and a work-life balance will be presented.
Date: March 7, 2019
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Session 7
Topic: What Problem are We Trying to Solve? How Continuing Education Professionals Help Close the Gap
Speaker: Dena Silva, MS, CHCP, Director of INCEDO, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center
Description: Continuing education in the healthcare professions is transitioning to delivering meaningful and measureable outcomes.  INCEDO, the office of continuing education at UNT Health Science Center, offers CE programming that is interprofessional/multi-disciplinary and focuses on changing behaviors of clinicians to optimize patient care. In this webinar, insight to the inner workings and skillsets of a continuing education office will be provided along with key take-home points to initiate collaboration on innovative approaches to clinical continuing education. 
Date: June 4, 2019
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Session 8
Topic: The Preservation of Moralities for the Sake of Quality Care and Patient Safety
Speaker: Dr. David Farmer, Director & Cynthia Carroll, Assistant Director, UNTHSC Department of Interprofessional Education and Practice
Description: Providers enter the field of health care due to a calling and purpose greater than the self. Unfortunately, the demands of the healthcare system are frequently in contrast to the morals and values of the healthcare professionals within the system. This webinar will describe the conflict between systems and the people within. The presenters will discuss developing team cultures and skills in emotional intelligence and resilience as methods to alleviate environmental factors. The presenters will close the discussion with a request to address health professionals’ morality as it connects to quality.
Date: September 3, 2019
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