Patient Safety Resources Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
NN/LM Greater Midwest Region
1750 W Polk St
M/C 763
Chicago IL , 60612-4330
United States
Michelle Burda is the primary contact.
Phone: 412-624-1589
Resource URL:
Region: All

Description: This interactive seminar focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities - both within their institutions and organizations and in providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include understanding the definitions and issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying appropriate resources; and library advocacy in the area of patient safety. These four hours of lecture, discussion and brainstorming help librarians in all fields become effective agents for improving patient safety. CHIS Level II approved. The 2.5 and 4.0 versions are taught as a live or in-person course. The course is also available as a five-week Web-based asynchronous class via Moodle for 5.0 CE credits.

Experience Level: Beginning
CE Contact Hours: 2.5, 4 and 6 (online)
Professional Competencies: Leadership and Management
Subject: Consumer Health, Outreach/Advocacy, Reference Resources & Services
Course Type: Face to Face, e-Learning, Specialization, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: 1) Describe definitions related to patient safety and detect systems of potential error within institutions; 2) Identify patient safety issues and points of contact specific to individual institutions; 3) Locate and be able to use resources available for administrators, health professionals, and patients and families; 4) Formulate methods for the library to effectively participate in improving patient safety


2.5 / 4 hour agenda: 
Introduction (5/15 minutes);  Patient Safety Overview (45/60 minutes):  Definition, system issues, safety culture;  Patient safety in the institutions (15/15 minutes):  Discussion: where to connect, Group summary; Break (0/15 minutes); Addressing Patient Safety (30/60 minutes):  Legislation, Consumer Health and other Resources Review; Providing resources (25/30 minutes): Group Discussion: materials we can provide, Materials review; Advocacy Opportunities (20/30 minutes):  Discussion: what are we doing?  Group summary; Conclusion (10/15 minutes):  Summary and Evaluation.  AND 

6 hour online agenda:  Each of the first four weeks includes listening to a PowerPoint presentation, recommended reading and participating in an online discussion forum.  A final project is required in week five.:  Week 1 – Introduction and Definitions (1 hour): Definitions, safety culture with required reading; Week 2 – Understanding Systems (1 hour):  System issues; Week 3 – Patient Safety and the Institution (1 hour):  Where to connect including legislation issues; Week 4 – Focused Learning (1 hour): Materials we can provide – in one of three participant selected areas (consumer, advocacy, instruction); Week 5 – Final Project (2 hours):  What are we doing? , Summary and Evaluation. – Final project posted to discussion form

Need for This Course: The fact that patient safety is a “hot topic” is witnessed by the explosion of website resources and organizations in the field that are addressing this issue. There have been a number of questions on MEDLIB-L related to librarians participating in patient safety within their institutions and several consortia in Canada, the NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region and the NN/LM-Southeastern Atlantic Region have requested this class. This focus of this class is specifically on librarians meeting the complex and comprehensive information needs of hospital administrators, health professionals, and patients and families. Additionally, this class will help hospital system and other health librarians find ways of participating in existing patient safety programs, identify new programs that may be created and support the work others (hospitals, health professionals, librarians, etc.) are doing in patient safety.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Slides, Discussion, Brainstorming, and Sharing/Self-disclosure.

Participant Materials: Handouts

Facility Requirements: Face-to-face class: Projection capability, PowerPoint software, flip chart recommended for discussion, optional internet connection. Online class: access to Internet and to Adobe Connect

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