JUN 11, 2015 07:30 AM PDT

Patient Safety

  • Patient Safety Officer, St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center
      Susan Morris has been the Patient Safety Officer at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center since 2006. Prior to that she was the Director of Ancillary Services for 5 years after serving as the Laboratory Manager for the institution. In her current position she manages the performance improvement and patient safety education for this 200 bed regional medical center, including facilitation of root cause analysis teams and conducting failure modes and effects analyses. She has more than 30 years experience working in and managing hospital laboratories, is a Past president of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, Past president of the National Credentialing Agency for laboratory personnel and a current member of the Board of Governors of the ASCP Board of Certification. She has numerous publications on improving patient safety, healthcare quality and delivery and employing IOM Patient Safety Competencies to introduce Quality Improvement Processes to medical laboratorians.

    Errors in healthcare can have catastrophic results for patients. Work settings with a strong interdisciplinary teamwork culture can decrease the opportunities for errors to occur. Teamwork core competencies and coordinating mechanisms do not come naturally to team members. This session will discuss the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to develop strong and effective teams. Learning Objectives: Describe patient safety aims Discuss the effective composition of interprofessional teams Analyze the efforts needed to implement interprofessional teams in your institution

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