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March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb!  That certainly reflects the changing weather conditions we've seen lately.  This month, we want to provide additional information on the changing climate in the regulatory arena. Learn more about the current focus on Maternal Hemorrhage, and why experts believe that strategies can be employed to significantly reduce perinatal harm.  We'd also like to introduce you to a new member of our consulting team, Denise Smith, a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, as well as a healthcare professional with expert experience in Infection Prevention and Control, surgical challenges and quality management.  And lastly, we want to share a new offering in our Quality Academy that challenges the status quo when it comes to maintaining a safe physical environment. Enjoy this month's news and let us know if there are other topics, you'd like to hear about.

Why is There a Focus on Maternal Hemorrhage?

Hemorrhage is the most frequent cause of severe maternal morbidity and preventable maternal mortality, accounting for an estimated
3 percent of deliveries in the United States, or more than 100,000 births a year. A recent study from the CDC Foundation postulated that up to 70% of hemorrhage-related obstetric deaths are preventable. That means that we can drastically reduce the most common cause of maternal death by developing the right strategies. Read more.
About the Author -  

Judy Courtemanche is the Founder & President of Courtemanche and Associates. With more than 40 years of healthcare management and leadership experience, Judy is an advocate for enhancing patient safety  by weaving regulatory compliance into an organization's culture and foundations for care.    

Welcome Denise Smith

Denise Smith,  RN,MS,CLNC is an Associate Consultant with Courtemanche & Associates. In this role she is responsible for assessing healthcare organizational readiness for licensing, certification, accreditation and regulatory compliance. She assists organizations with survey preparation, educational needs, post survey activities, follow-up, patient safety strategies and quality improvement initiatives. Denise has more than 40 years of experience and expertise in Infection Prevention, Sterile Processing, Legal Nurse Consulting, Quality and Resource Management, Clinical Education, and a variety of acute inpatient and outpatient care settings.Clinically, Denise is a licensed Registered Nurse with an extensive background in infection Prevention and Control for perioperative settings, sterile processing and quality management.  

How Safe and Ready for Emergency Are You and Your Organization?

Any healthcare organization faces risks in the environment which can significantly impact safety for both patients and staff. Our recently added course "Safety and the Physical Environment" highlights key areas CMS and TJC focus on regarding the environment of care, as well as help you understand your role in the survey process.
Our 2020 C_APPS Membership is now available for purchase!      

A unique program designed for leaders that provides access to useful tools over the course of one year to assist your team in improving survey outcomes and understanding regulatory requirements and expectations.  

Each month's package will contain a minimum of 3 documents that may cover tracing tools, competencies, checklists for policies & procedures or other useful items.
We design the packets to cover the top problematic standards from both the national data that is available and from our internal data.   
Examples of some upcoming topics are Infection Prevention, Suicide Assessment and Intervention, Immediate Jeopardy and other timely topics.  
Colleague feedback includes:
"Great tools - very user friendly and very useful"
"I like the fact that you provide the policy, tracer and competency for one focused topic" " ...The checklists are very helpful"
To order or for more information click here 
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