Quality & Safety

NEW! The first annual Choosing Wisely® Summit will be held Friday, Oct. 30 at the Seattle Airport Marriott: Join health care leaders, stakeholders and national Choosing Wisely representatives on Friday, Oct. 30 for Improving Value in Health Care: The Choosing Wisely Summit, a day-long, in-depth look on ways to provide safer, higher-quality, value based care to patients through the Choosing Wisely initiative in Washington State.

Patient Safety for Patients: Download this one-page flyer to read about how hospitals work to improve patient safety, and how patients and their families can work with their care teams to be safe.

Patient Safety Program Overview: Download this flyer to read about Washington State's collaborative problem-solving approach to patient safety. By working together to share best practices, we are making amazing gains in patient safety across the state.

Take a look at this colorful infographic to see how the Patient Safety Program is helping patients get better faster, and is reducing cost.
With fewer harms and millions saved, the Patient Safety Program is ensuring that the triple aims of better health, better care and lower costs are achieved in health care.
Check out the Patient Safety Presentation to the House Health and Wellness Committee in Olympia. View the TVW recording. Download the slides.

Carbapenem-resistent Enterobacteriaceae Information to download:

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Washington hospitals have a commitment to pursue excellence in providing safe, quality health care for the people of Washington State. WSHA believes that, through collective action, we can help our hospitals meet that commitment. The Patient Safety Program provides a number of resource for hospitals across Washington including:


Hand Hygiene Videos

Making Care Safer - Washington Hospitals Eliminating Infections

WSHA staff is requesting that hospitals with central lines and ventilators complete this spreadsheet.  It will help demonstrate the success that has been made in improving quality, reducing hospital stays, and decreasing costs.  Please complete and send to Jonathan Bennett at jonathanb@wsha.org.  In return, your hospital will receive an analysis and report.


Carol Wagner

Improving Patient Safety Newsletter Archive

WSHA newsletter intended to keep hospital patient safety directors informed on WSHA and Washington State activities in the areas of patient safety and quality. Archived Leading Quality and Safety