Patient Safety Update

Save the Date for 2016 Patient Safety Summit, June 7

Members should plan to bring their teams to the Patient Safety Summit on June 7. The theme for this year is The Power of One: Patient Safety Starts With You.

The Indiana Patient Safety Center is also celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In 2006, the Indiana Patient Safety Center was created as a division of IHA to engage and inspire health care providers to create cultures of patient safety and reliable systems of care within their organizations in order to prevent patient harm on a statewide level. The IPSC, along with 11 regional patient safety coalitions throughout the state, works daily with Indiana hospitals and other health care providers to serve as a statewide resource, convener and facilitator to improve the safety and quality of care provided to Hoosiers.

The Summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Forum Conference and Events Center in Fishers, and more details will be coming soon.

Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 13-19, 2016

Each year, the National Patient Safety Foundation leads hospitals and health care organizations around the world in demonstrating their commitment to patient safety by recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme will again be “United in Safety” because everyone is involved in health care, as a patient or future patient, a family member, a health professional or in other ways; and everyone can play a role in promoting safe care.

The focus of this campaign is patient engagement and emphasizing the importance of the relationship between providers and patients and their families across the continuum. Use this week to re-energize staff, educate and engage patients, recognize your hospitals for its patient safety work and demonstrate your organization’s commitment to patient safety. Unite with us in our common goal, and we can make a difference in patient safety.

Worker Safety Measures

In 2015, the Indiana Hospital Association’s Council on Workforce Development began the process of measuring workplace safety within Indiana hospitals by distributing a workforce safety survey to members. In addition to the associated implications that these measures have on hospital/worker morale, such work-related incidents, can become very costly to hospitals. For these reasons, it is critical to continue efforts that address workplace safety. Collecting and analyzing statewide data is one way to help shape and prioritize future Council on Workforce Development initiatives. Through the participation of 67 hospitals across the state, 2014 baselines were established for the following measures: Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR), Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART), Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures, Patient Handling Injuries and Workplace Violence. This assortment of measures provides valuable information regarding the conditions hospital workers are exposed to in the workplace.

For example, the Total Case Incident Rate refers to the number of employee incidents involving a work-related injury or illness. Hospitals reported rates ranging from 1.34-13.67 per 100 full-time employees, with an average of 6.02 incidents per facility. Additionally, DART values ranged from 0 to approximately 149 per 100 full-time employees; on average, hospital work-related injuries or illnesses resulted in18.36 days in which employees were away, restricted or transferred from their job. According to the survey sample, average Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures, such as needlesticks and splashes, amounted to 14.79 per 1,000 full-time employees. Another important measure, Patient Handling Injuries, encompasses all injuries sustained by a hospital worker while moving a patient manually or through the use of a movement assist device. On average, participating hospitals reported 1.77 patient handling injuries per 100 full-time employees with a range of 0-9.42. The final measure, and perhaps the priority for future direc- tions, is Workplace Violence. Operationally defined as any intentional, violent, physical act towards a hospital employee by a patient, visitor or co-worker, the reported range of Workplace Violence incidents was 0-3.14, with an average of 0.50 incidents per 100 full-time employees.

In addition to providing baseline data, survey results served to identify areas in which hospitals performed comparably to industry averages, as well as areas of opportunity. The Council on Workforce Development will continue exploring workplace safety in 2016 and has recommended collection of the 2015 data. Furthermore, we recognize that keeping our hospitals and employees safe is a priority to all Indiana hospitals, so we plan to improve the consistency of workforce incident reporting, provide forums to share best practices and deliver workplace safety education. The Council on Workforce Development is committed to making hospitals safe places to work, and through your continued support, we can achieve our goals to improve data collection, educate hospital workers and reduce incidents throughout Indiana. If you have any questions, please contact Karin Kennedy at or 317-423-7737 or Alexandra Simonton at