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FMEA and Proactive Risk Assessment Overview

January 6, 2005, 8am – 12 noon
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods ~ Waltham, Massachusetts

Do you want to learn how to conduct a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis more easily and more effectively?

The faculty for this program presented this topic at the 2004 National Patient Safety Foundation Conference; the session was extremely well-attended and well-received.

Is your organization seeking to reduce the risk of adverse events by conducting its own proactive risk assessment activities? Proactive identification and management of potential risks to patient safety have the obvious advantage of preventing adverse occurrences, rather than simply reacting when they occur. This approach also avoids the barriers to understanding created by hindsight bias and the fear of disclosure, embarrassment, blame, and punishment that can arise in the wake of an actual event.

Now that Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a JCAHO requirement, many organizations have found the process, though critical for improving patient safety, cumbersome and time consuming. This session will teach you how to conduct the process in a more efficient and effective manner, reducing the time required from staff and preserving the benefits of the learning.

Through presentations and case studies in workshops, you will learn how to:

  • Fulfill the JCAHO proactive risk assessment standard;
  • Efficiently use this systematic method of identifying and preventing process and product problems before they occur, including the following steps:
    1. Quantify the areas of potential patient safety risk exposure and choose an appropriate topic for analysis;
    2. Identify potential “failure modes”;
    3. Redesign processes to minimize the risk of that failure mode or to protect patients from its effects;
    4. Test and implement the redesigned process;
    5. Identify and implement measures of effectiveness;
    6. Implement a strategy for maintaining the effectiveness of the redesigned process over time;
  • Manage the evidentiary risk exposure from FMEA information;

This program is oriented to healthcare directors, managers and staff who would be responsible for leading an FMEA process, or participating in one.

David M. Sine, ARM, CSP, OHST, CPHRM
Consultant, Occupational Health and Safety, Tenet HealthSystem

David M. Sine has had over a twenty-year career in safety, risk management, human factors and organizational consulting. He has been the Senior Staff Engineer for the JCAHO, a Senior Consultant for the AHA. Founding partner and one time contributing editor for Briefings on Hospital Safety, co-author of Quality Improvement Techniques for Hospital Safety, one time Vice Chair of the board of Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, and the state Safety Director of two Eastern states. Mr. Sine is certified by the Joint Board of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and Certified Safety Professionals and as a Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Manager by ASHRM. He has been a health care risk management consultant since 1980 and has conducted over 1300 JCAHO compliance assessment surveys. He serves as a member of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Subcommittee on Health Care Occupancies, the JCAHO Committee on Healthcare Safety and acts as a risk management advisor to the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. Mr. Sine has served in the Corporate Offices of the Tenet HealthSystem in Dallas as Director of Risk Assessment and Loss Prevention and Vice President of Occupational Health and Safety for the Western Division. Mr. Sine continues to write and lecture extensively on healthcare policy, governance, quality improvement, and risk management.

Fay Rozovsky JD, MPH, DFSHRM
Assistant Vice President & Manager.
Health Care Group, Chubb Specialty Insurance, Simsbury, CT

Fay Rozovsky is the manager of clinical risk management consulting services for the Health Care Group of Chubb Specialty Insurance, part of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Ms. Rozovsky has over twenty years experience as a healthcare risk management consultant and attorney. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Ms. Rozovsky is admitted to the practice of law in Florida and Massachusetts. Ms. Rozovsky is a Distinguished Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed on a member of ASHRM. She is the Chair of the Professional Technical Advisory Committee for Hospitals of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. She has lectured extensively and authored or co-authored numerous articles and books including Consent to Treatment: A Practical Guide, Clinical Trials and Human Research (with Rodney Adams, Esquire) and What Do I Say? Communicating Intended or Unanticipated Outcomes in Obstetrics (with Dr. James R. Woods).

This program meets the requirements for Continuing Education in nursing in Massachusetts pursuant to 244 CMR 5.00, the Board of Registration in Nursing Rules and Regulations: Continuing Education (3.0 contact hours)

To register:
Registration is accessible via the link www.regonline.com/18740. If you have questions about the on-line registration program, email Linda Prince at lprince@macoalition.org or by phone at 781-272-8000 ext. 221.

Registration Fee: $119

Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be processed ON LINE by December 31, 2004 at the following website www.regonline.com/18740. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after December 31, 2004.

If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to a colleague. In that event, please contact Linda Prince at lprince@macoalition.org or call her at (781) 272-8000 x221 to handle this transfer.

Directions to Waltham Woods Conference Center: http://www.massmed.org/contact/directions.asp

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