APS Launches Second Annual Pennsylvania Patient Safety Initiative, Providing Expanded Online Educati

From: Advanced Practice Strategies, Inc.
Published: Fri Oct 02 2009

Advanced Practiced Strategies (APS), a leading provider of online education solutions for patient safety, today announced the launch of its Second Annual Pennsylvania Patient Safety Initiative. The statewide initiative enables hospitals to access best-in-class online patient safety education at a significant discount by joining together with other regional hospitals to adopt APS courseware.

The 2009 initiative builds on the success of last year’s Pennsylvania Perinatal Safety Initiative, through which nearly 1000 doctors and nurses at Pennsylvania hospitals throughout the state received a 25% discount on education focusing on the primary drivers of obstetrical risk. Course subjects included electronic fetal heart monitoring (EFM), shoulder dystocia, operative vaginal delivery and NICHD terminology.

The 2009 Initiative expands the course offerings to encompass additional areas of risk, including surgery, safe prescribing practices, SBAR+R communications and chronic pain management. The Initiative also includes additional courses in the perinatal area, such as postpartum hemorrhage and competency maintenance in EFM.

“In spite of challenging times, hospitals in Pennsylvania have shown tremendous commitment to improving patient care by partnering with us in last year’s Perinatal Safety Initiative, and feedback has been tremendously positive,” said Dennis Ferrill, CEO of APS. “By expanding the initiative, we can respond more fully to the patient safety needs of Pennsylvania hospitals, while also making the education accessible to as many clinicians as possible, regardless of size or budget constraints.”

The APS Perinatal Safety Courses have delivered proven results as part of a multifaceted approach to risk management. Hospital Corporation of America has reduced its perinatal claims by over 48% by adopting a comprehensive national safety initiative featuring APS perinatal education.

Expanded Course Offerings

The expanded 2009 Pennsylvania Initiative will encompass the original core perinatal content, including Advanced Fetal Assessment and Monitoring, Managing Shoulder Dystocia, Operative Vaginal Delivery and SBAR+R Communications. Expanded course content includes:

Patient Safety Bundle
• Errors and Injury in Healthcare
• Using Systems Theory to Prevent Errors and Injury in Healthcare
• Changing Systems

General Practice
• Safe Prescribing Practices and Environments
• Chronic Pain Management

• Reducing Errors in the Operating Room
• Surgical Safety Toolkits
• Bariatric Surgery

Expanded Perinatal Courses
• Introduction to EFM (for entry level nurses)
• Postpartum Hemorrhage

Joining the Initiative

Hospitals interested in joining the initiative can contact APS at sales@aps-web.com to obtain an Indication of Commitment form. This non-binding form provides APS with an estimate of how many clinician-training seats each hospital would consider purchasing. APS then aggregates this number from all hospitals to estimate the size of the state-wide discount. The first commitment date for the 2009 Pennsylvania initiative is October 16, 2009.

Press Contact:
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Advanced Practice Strategies, Inc.
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Contact Name: Shonna Keogan
Contact Email: skeogan@aps-web.com
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