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Clinical staff at the Columbia VA participate in simulation-based training as part of the High Reliability Hospital project.Simulation Training Impacts Care at Truman VA
In January 2015, the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital (Truman VA) partnered with the VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) to participate in the Hospital of the Future project.
A nurse reviews The Daily Plan with a Veteran patient.The Daily Plan - How Things Have Changed
There have been many changes to The Daily Plan® since it was initially developed yet, it continues to enhance patient safety by engaging the patient and their family in the health care and decision-making process.
A Cincinnati VA employee monitors Veterans in the ICU via the Virtual Telesitter Solution.Ensuring Safety From Afar
Cincinnati VA has recently integrated a Virtual Telesitter into their acute and critical care areas. This allows remote monitoring of up to 12 Veterans at a time and the ability to intervene instantly to prevent harm.
David Sine, DrBE, M.A., CSP, ARM, CPHRMNCPS Risk Officer Receives National Ethics Award
David Sine, DrBE, M.A., CSP, ARM, CPHRM, is the recipient of the 2017 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics from the VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care.
A picture of NCPS' "Time-Out" App.Simulation-Based Strategies
An NCPS simulation app to teach pre-procedure timeouts is available for use on the iPhone and iPad through Apple’s app store. This free application can be found by searching for “VA Time Out” in Apple’s app store.
Clinical staff conducting a simulation exercise.Not Just Lip Service - High Reliability
The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri is at the ‘tip of the spear’ in the effort to implement high-reliability practices into the daily operations of the medical center.
Patient Safety starts long before a patient is seen bedside.Purchasing for Patient Safety
The VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) was founded on key principles of high-reliability science. Ensuring patient safety for our Veterans starts long before a patient is seen at the bedside. science.
The Sterile Processing Service at the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System.Dedicated, Motivated, Safe and Sterile
The Sterile Processing Service (SPS) at the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHCS) is a dedicated team of professionals in the trenches of the patient safety improvement effort throughout VHA.
Topics In Patient Safety (TIPS) LogoSpring Issue of TIPS Now Available
The Spring 2017 issue of the Topics In Patient Safety (TIPS) newsletter produced by the VA National Center for Patient Safety is now available online. The issue features articles on safety culture, leadership and more.
The Patient Safety Huddle LogoIntroducing The Patient Safety Huddle Podcast
The Patient Safety Huddle Podcast is a venue to discuss patient safety concepts, initiatives, programs, projects, and topics with patient safety professionals throughout VA and the larger patient safety community.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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