Obstetrical Adverse Events and the Prevention of VTE and CAUTI to be discussed in Upcoming Patient Safety Webinars

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The final two webinars of the Partnership for Patients – National Priorities Partnerships Patient Safety Webinar Series, titled “Addressing Obstetrical Adverse Events” and “Averting Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI ),” will take place Wednesday, September 28 at 1 pm ET and Wednesday, October 5 at 1 pm ET, respectively.

The final two webinars of the Partnership for Patients – National Priorities Partnerships Patient Safety Webinar Series, titled “Addressing Obstetrical Adverse Events” and “Averting Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI ),” will take place Wednesday, September 28 at 1 pm ET and Wednesday, October 5 at 1 pm ET, respectively.

As part of an ongoing series hosted by NPP—which is convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF)—and the Department of Health and Human Services, the interactive webinars will feature discussion among a panel of healthcare providers. Advance registration for the events is recommended and is available now online.

According to data presented by Partnership for Patients, each of these events is largely preventable. It is currently estimated that obstetrical adverse events of some sort currently occur in approximately 9 percent of all U.S. deliveries. Approximately 1.15 percent of hospitalized patients undergoing surgery experience a VTE, amounting to more than 100,000 cases per year, while up to 560,000 health care-associated UTIs have occurred annually.

The Addressing Obstetrical Adverse Events webinar, moderated by Bernie Rosof, MD, NPP co-chair, will discuss the goal set for hospitals to reduce 30 percent of preventable obstetrical adverse events by 2013. The event will feature speakers Maureen Corry, MPH, executive director, Childbirth Connections, and Kathleen Simpson, PhD, perinatal clinical nurse specialist, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, along with panelists Peter Cherouny, emeritus professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, MD, OB/GYN, University of Vermont, and Alan Fleischman, MD, senior vice president and medical director, March of Dimes.

The Averting Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) webinar, moderated by Helen Darling, MA, National Priorities Partnership co-chair, will discuss the goal set for hospitals to reduce 50 percent of preventable VTEs by 2013. The event will feature speakers Bill Geerts, MD, former chair, American College of Chest Physicians Guidelines on Prevention of VTE, and Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, director, VA/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program, who will focus on CAUTI, along with panelists Greg Maynard, MD, Society for Hospital Medicine VTE Initiative, and Mary Jo Skiba, RN, BSN, project manager, Quality Improvement and Research, Alpena Regional Medical Center, who will also focus on CAUTI.

Participants will be able to interact with the panelists through live web chat and Web polling questions will provide real-time information about work currently under way in healthcare communities to promote patient safety efforts within their organizations.

With each of these sessions, national experts will present effective solutions, and an expert “reactor” panel including a front-line provider and other stakeholders will contribute to the follow-up discussion of how to realize these solutions nationally. The webinar series will be available for audio streaming free of charge. Space is limited, and advance registration is recommended to ensure real-time participation. All webinars will be recorded, archived, and made available on NQF’s website after each event.

Archived webinars include:

  •     “An Overview of the Partnership for Patients and Getting Started in Your Organization”
  •     “Reducing Admissions Through Care Transitions”
  •     “Preventing Adverse Drug Events”
  •     “Reducing Infections in the Intensive Care Unit”
  •     “Decreasing Surgical Site Infections”
  •     “Preventing Pressure Ulcers and Falls in Healthcare Settings”

Learn more about this webinar series and register for the “Addressing Obstetrical Adverse Events” and “Averting Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI )” webinars. To learn more about the Partnership for Patients pledge, please visit its website. Learn about other activities and programs at NQF to enhance patient safety.

The National Priorities Partnership, convened by the National Quality Forum, is a multi-stakeholder group including organizations representing the interests of consumers, purchasers, healthcare providers and professionals, state-based associations, community collaborative and regional alliances, government agencies, health plans, accreditation and certification bodies, and supplier and industry groups. To learn more, please visit: http://www.qualityforum.org/Setting_Priorities/NPP/National_Priorities_Partnership.aspx

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Erin Reese
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