The February 2024 issue of the Hospital Quality Improvement Newsletter features the latest insights and resources.
Upcoming Learning and Action Network (LAN) EventsKey Components of an Effective Workplace Violence Prevention Program: Leadership Engagement and Communication
Preventing and Reducing Workplace Violence
Thursday, February 8
CMS is hosting a session with the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative to provide insights on addressing violence in health care communities and workplaces. The session will review the current state of workplace violence and showcase AHA’s tools for hospitals. Evangelical Community Hospital in Pennsylvania will also present its “Safe to Care” program, which includes staff training, policy revision, investment in equipment, and community outreach.
Reducing Opioid Misuse: Alternative Pain Management Therapies
Recorded on January 11
This event featured alternative pain management therapies used to reduce opioid-related harms that can be implemented across health care settings.
Behavioral Health & Opioid Stewardship
Older Opioid Patients Experience More Adverse Events After Injury
Chronic non-cancer pain Medicare patients with new opioid prescriptions who experience an injury—such as a fall or traumatic brain injury—have a 1.4 times greater risk of future opioid-related adverse events than those patients who did not experience an injury. According to an AHRQ-funded review in PLOS Medicine, the risk was highest in the 30 days before an adverse event. The findings indicated that identifying injuries that emerge after opioid initiation may assist in the early detection of older patients at high risk for adverse events such as overdoses. Read Study
Study: Empowerment of Nurses in Antibiotic Stewardship
Inappropriate antibiotics use and antimicrobial resistance are increasingly becoming global health issues of great concern. Despite the established antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) in many countries, limited efforts have been made to engage nurses and clearly define their roles in ASPs. An exploratory qualitative study was conducted to understand the facilitators and barriers that impact nurses' involvement and empowerment in antibiotic stewardship. Read Study
Adverse Drug Events
Risk Factors for Opioid-Related Adverse Drug Events Among Older Adults After Hospital Discharge
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, potential opioid-related adverse drug events occurred within 30 days of hospital discharge in 7% of older adults discharged from a medical hospitalization with an opioid prescription. Identified risk factors can be used to inform physician decision-making, conversations with older adults about risk, and development and targeting of harm reduction strategies. Read Study
Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs)
Infection Prevention Resources
Check out updated NHSN and IP training resources. View Resources
This material was prepared by Alliant Health Solutions, a Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organization (QIN – QIO) under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. Publication Number:TO3-HQIC--5175-01/30/24