Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines
This interactive seminar focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities - both within their institutions and organizations and in providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include understanding the definitions and issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying appropriate resources; and library advocacy in the area of patient safety. These four hours of lecture, discussion and brainstorming help librarians in all fields become effective agents for improving patient safety.
- Describe definitions related to patient safety and detect systems of potential error within institutions
- Identify patient safety issues and points of contact specific to individual institutions
- Locate resources available for administrators, health professionals, and patients and families
- Formulate methods for the library to effectively participate in improving patient safety
There will be continuing updates to these resources as the class is taught. (Suggestions and recommendations are welcome.)
|4.0 MLA CE Class||2.5 MLA CE Class|
Used in both classes:
Note to NN/LM Instructors: In addition to the evaluation, please send the author information from the discussions in order that the handouts may be continuously updated. Thank you.
This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 2.5 and 4 contact hours of CE credit (in person classes) and 6 hours (online class). MLA Course Listing.
This class meets requirements for the CHIS specialization, Levels I and II (HSL and non-HSL).
- Patient Safety: You Can Make a Difference - geared for library programs aimed at patients and families;
- Patient Safety: Librarian as Advocate - highlighting advocacy opportunities in patient safety for all libraries; and
- Making a Difference in Health Care: Patient Safety, a Global Issue with National and International Solutions - taught at MLA 2014.
Before attending a class (especially the 4.0 class), it is recommended students read the following two articles:
- Bandy M, Stemmer Frumento KR, Langman MM. Role of health sciences librarians in patient safety position statement. Chicago, IL: Medical Library Association; 2009. http://www.mlanet.org/government/positions/patient-safety.html
- Turnbull JE. Systems approach to error reduction in health care. Japan Med Assoc J. 2001(Sep); 44(9): 392-403. http://www.med.or.jp/english/pdf/jmaj/v44no09.pdf
Teachers, as part of the presentation, the Turnbull article is required reading. Additional recommended reading includes:
- Gibson, Rosemary. Role of the patient in improving patient safety. WebM&M. 2007(Mar): Perspectives on Safety. http://webmm.ahrq.gov/perspective.aspx?perspectiveID=38
- Thomas EJ, Peterson LP. Measuring errors and adverse events in health care. J Gen Intern Med. 2003(Jan);18(1): 61-67. http://www.qualitycolloquium.com/documents/Measuring_Errors_and_Adverse_Events.pdf
- Ulrich R, Zimring C. Role of the physical environment in the hospital of the 21st century: a once in a lifetime opportunity. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; 2004. http://www.healthdesign.org/sites/default/files/Role%20Physical%20Environ%20in%20the%2021st%20Century%20Hospital_0.pdf
Greater Midwest Region
Holly Ann Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, email@example.com, 1(312)996-2226, 1(312)996-2464
Middle Atlantic Region
Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-624-1515, 412-624-1589
New England Region
Michelle Eberle, Consumer Health Information Coordinator, 1(508)856-2435
Holly Ann Burt, MLIS, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR).
Arpita Bose, MLIS, Outreach and Communications Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR).