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In This Issue
2012 Forum Recap
Structured Networking Recap
News from COPIC
Online Learning
Copiscope Newsletter Highlights
The Latest from ECRI
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
News and Tools
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Save the Date!
The 2013 Forum is already in the works!
Save the Dates: October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
In The News
Congratulations Yuma District Hospital! 

The hospital was recognized for a successful transition to a Patient Centered Medical Home Model.

See the article, "How the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model is Improving Patient Experience at Rural Yuma District Hospital", in Becker's Hospital Review.

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Upcoming Educational Conferences
AORN 60th Congress
March 3-7, 2013
San Diego, CA
AWHONN Annual Convention
June 15-19, 2013
Nashville, TN
36th Annual Rural Hospital Conference
May 8-10, 2013
Cheyenne Mtn. Resort
Colorado Springs, CO
CASCA Annual Conference
May 14-15, 2013
Marriott Tech Center
Denver, CO
COPIC Nebraska Risk Management Symposium
April 3-4, 2013
Embassy Suites
Lincoln, NE
NHA Mid-Year Meeting
May 23-24, 2013
Younes Conf. Center
Kearney, NE
Infection Control Resources 

AHRQ: Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship


Information/Tools Available on Safe Injection Practices from the One and Only Campaign-One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time  
COPIC Better Medicine, Better Lives
  January 2013

Here's What You Thought...

... About COPIC's 2012 Risk Management and Patient Safety Forum. 
COPIC held the 2012 Forum on October 3rd, 4th and 5th, and once again, there was record attendance from Risk and Patient Safety Managers at our Colorado and Nebraska insured facilities!

Feedback Highlights:
-Pre-Session Program
  • "I gained much knowledge from the presentations that I will certainly use in my profession."
  •  "Very well organized - appreciate being able to attend more than one session."
  • "This program is always well organized and provides me with updated information I can take back and use to evaluate processes or explain risk to others."

- Forum Program

  • "The Forum was awesome again! Thanks again for giving us this opportunity to improve."
  • "This is a fabulous Forum and every time I come away with new knowledge."
  • "The education does make us safer and provide better patient care."
  • "Excellent conference, I will incorporate what I have learned into practice and policy/procedure."
  • "Structured networking sessions (while I was apprehensive at first) turned out to be very successful!"

Forum Doc #2  Forum Doc

Your Voice: Lets Talk "Structured Networking" 
We would like to thank everyone for participating in our first structured networking session during the 2012 Forum.


For the past few years, feedback has included requests for more networking. In order to connect attendees with others at peer facilities in the COPIC family, we decided to "structure" the process. We learned many valuable lessons from this year and a large majority of attendees really enjoyed and benefited from the process.
We encourage you to send ideas for consideration in order to plan future networking sessions. This is your program; let us know what you need!

Please send further suggestions and comments to: sdewire@copic.com.
News from COPIC 
Have you seen the NEW Facilities Services page on the COPIC website?
This is a Risk Management and Patient Safety section specifically designed for our insured facilities and includes: 
  • Current and archived Facility e-Newsletters.
  • COPIC Facility Value-Added Services including "Introductory Packets" for new facilities and new risk management contacts at current COPIC-insured facilities.
  • Past Risk Management and Patient Safety Forum presentations and tools.
Online Learning
COPIC On-Demand Courses are Available Online! 
All insureds are welcome to take courses from your home or office computer and apply for CMEs, CNEs and/or COPIC points (eligible COPIC-insured physicians only) when available. Visit the Education Resources page on our website for the most current offerings.
Here is a sample of the NEW on-demand courses available:
Video Courses:
  • The 6 "S"s of Mental Health
  • Management of Unanticipated Outcomes
  • Prevention of Hospital Acquired Conditions

Interactive Case Studies:

  • The Case Study of Jane Taylor
  • The Case Study of Arthur Closier

Lecture Based Courses:

  • Assessing Patient Safety in the Office
  • Practice Quality Modules 1 and 2
  • Principal Issues of Medical Records Release and Retention

And Coming Soon:

  • Defending a Medical Malpractice Case
  • The Case Study of Leo McNeil

Note - New on-demand courses are always underway. Visit callcopic.com/education for current offerings.

If you need to obtain a username and password for the COPIC website, please contact Kelsey Gifford.

If you have further questions on how to access the
on-demand courses, please contact Sunny Hessler.
Copiscope Newsletters
Highlights from recent issues of the 2012 Colorado Copiscope:
  • Terminating a Physician-Patient Relationship
  • The COPIC Guide to Incident Reporting


  • Reviewing the Necessity of Common Medical Tests and Procedures
  • New Online Courses Now Available at callcopic.com
  • New Requirements for Professional Review

Highlights from recent issues of the 2012 Nebraska Copiscope:

  • Recommended Approaches for Treating Youth Athletes Who Experience Concussions
  • Examining the Impact of Defensive Medicine


  • Medications of Controversy: Opioids
  • Recommended Actions for Unsolicited Diagnostic Tests


  • Coordination of Care: Preventing Patients from "Falling through the cracks"
  • Reviewing the Necessity of Common Medical Tests and Procedures

Missed an issue? Visit our Newsletter Archive.

The Latest from ECRI 
ECRI Healthcare Risk Control Membership News 

For Acute Care Facilities 


September 2012

  • Personnel Exposure to Xylene
  • Overview of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Bar-Coded Medication Administration Systems
  • Patient-Centered Care

November 2012

  • Emergency Management
  • Sharps Injury Prevention Program
  • Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes
  • Disruptive Practitioner Behavior 
ECRI Operating Room Risk Management Membership News
For Ambulatory Surgery Centers

September 2012 
  • ORRM Devices Alerts


October 2012

  • Blood Transfusions
  • Photography, Filming, and Other Imaging of Patients
  • Public Address System Emergency Codes
  • Intimate Partner Violence

November 2012

  • ORRM Device Alerts

For more info, visit ECRI Institute online.

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory 
The September 2012 issue of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory (PPSA) includes the following articles:
Reviews and Analysis
  • Falls Risk Assessment: A Foundational Element of Falls Prevention Programs
  • Events Associated with the Prescribing, Dispensing, and Administering of Medication Loading Doses
Focus on Infection Prevention
  • Impact of Implementation of Evidence-Based Best Practices on Nursing Home Infections
  • The Breadth of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia: Nonventilated versus Ventilated Patients in Pennsylvania
  • Update on the Prevention of Retained Surgical Items
  • Quarterly Update on Preventing Wrong-Site Surgery
The November 2012 issue of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory (PPSA) includes the following articles:
Reviews and Analysis
  • What Keeps Facilities from Implementing Best Practices to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery? Barriers and Strategies for Overcoming Them
  • Comments from Pennsylvania Medical Professional Societies on the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority's Potential Recommendations to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery and the Authority's Responses
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) 
In Case You Didn't Know:
As of January 2012, Nurse Advise- ERR Newsletter is being offered FREE to acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, community health clinics, surgical centers and birthing centers, and to faculty at academic settings. Those who work in other settings can still purchase a subscription.
Please refer to the ISMP website for more information on signing up for your free newsletter. This is a great newsletter, so check it out!
  • September 2012 - ISMP survey reveals user issues with Carpuject prefilled syringes
  • October 2012 - Raising the index of suspicion: Red flags that represent credible threats to patient safety
  • November 2012 - Providing patients with ISMP consumer leaflets can help prevent hospital readmissions
News and Tools
Thank you for your committment to patient safety and improving the practice of medicine. Always feel free to contact COPIC with any questions you may have about our Risk Management and Patient Safety services.

Carol Anne Tarrant, RN, MS, JD, CPHRM

Director, Facility Patient Safety and Risk Management

Phone: 720-858-6000//Toll Free: 800-421-1834