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Improving Patient Safety

 AAO-HNSF Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee Charge:

Raise awareness within the Academy of patient safety and quality improvement issues. Educate members about evidence-based guidelines, practice standards, and other systems which enhance quality of care. Identify products, tools, services and processes which lead to safer care of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery patients, and assist the Academy in making them known and available to its membership. Actively coordinate with other committees of the Academy and the Foundation, and with members of other relevant specialty societies, on issues pertaining to patient safety and quality improvement. Provide input to prioritize the development guidelines and performance measures used to assess and improve the quality of care for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery patients. The committee will also be responsible for the review, validation and approval of requests to survey the AAO-HNS membership on topics related to patient safety and quality improvement, as assigned.

Bulletin

The AAO-HNSF's Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQI) Committee is spreading the word on the importance of Quality Care and Patient Safety within Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. PSQI's current mission is to share current and valuable information via the Academy's Bulletin. Please take a look at the following list below to read about current trends and important information regarding patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. 

Patient Safety Event Reporting Tool

There are safeguards to ensure the confidentiality of reporting. Once users sign-in to the Academy’s website they are able to access the platform. However, despite signing in, no identifiable data about the user is submitted with the report. Nor is the computer’s IP address from the submitting computer captured with the report. We have gone to extraordinary lengths to preserve the confidentiality of the reporter. Further, each report is immediately reviewed by a non-clinician at the Academy and if identifiable information (hospital name, location, practice name, etc.) is mistakenly included by the submitting physician, the report is immediately discarded. Click here  to learn more about the Patient Safety Event Reporting Tool.

Choosing Wisely Campaign 

In order to insure a full circle of communication between patients and physicians, the AAO-HNSF has joined the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely Campaign. The AAO-HNSF‘s lists of recommendations were carefully selected after a review of the current evidence that included AAO-HNSF clinical practice guidelines. Each list includes language communicating when a particular test or treatment may be appropriate based on clinical evidence and guidelines. To learn more about the Choosing Wisely campaign please click here.

Any questions? Please contact quality@entnet.org