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Safety STOP: A Standardized Approach to Address Safety Events

Presented by Deb Strom MSN, RN, CPHQ, Quality Manager PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth uses a standardized set of actions in response to an actual or potential safety event. The Safety STOP process brings leadership with skills and authority to the site of the event to quickly assess and ensure the area is safe for the involved patient(s) and staff. Follow up processes include implementing counter measures immediately to mitigate ongoing risk to same individuals or others in similar situation; investigating the root cause to determine best actions for long-term sustainment of safety, and lastly sharing the event across the system to prevent occurrence of similar events. Home & Community (in-home) service line Safety Stop tools and process map will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify who is responsible to call a safety stop.
  2. Identify who should respond to a safety stop.
  3. List 6 critical steps in the Safety Stop process.
  4. Identify event criteria for root cause analysis.

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About the Speaker:

Deb Strom MSN, RN, CPHQ, Quality Manager PeaceHealth

With over 40 years nursing experience, Debra Strom is currently a System Home Health Quality Manager for PeaceHealth; with healthcare ministries in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. She attained her first RN degree at Lower Columbia Community College, received her BSN from Seattle Pacific University, and her MSN in Healthcare Management from Loyola University, New Orleans. She has held specialty certifications in Critical Care and Radiology Nursing; and currently maintains CPHQ certification in healthcare quality. Debra was a healthcare regulatory and accreditation specialist for more than 10 years before moving to Home Health in 2019, where she took a role with PeaceHealth to revitalize the Home Health Quality program at Southwest Home Health. In 2022 she advanced to the role of System Quality Manager of Home Health. Debra has expertise in many quality improvement methodologies including A3 problem solving, Root Cause Analysis, PDSA, process mapping, lean methodologies, and data analysis.
In 2020, Debra joined the Board of Directors of the Home Care Association and has since been the Education Committee Chair, on the Public Policy Committee and the PAC, and is the HCAW President Elect in the 2024 change in officers. She lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband Michael and their two dogs- Ava, and Zoe.

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