Helping Make Health Care Safer for all Oregonians

From the Director

Oregon’s Early Discussion and Resolution (EDR) process is an essential part of a national patient safety movement to promote transparent communication with patients and families in the aftermath of a serious adverse event. EDR is specifically designed to support healthcare facilities, providers, and the public to engage in essential discussions when significant unexpected harm occurs as a result of medical care. With EDR in place, Oregon is making a powerful commitment to improving patient safety, meeting the needs of injured patients, and reducing medical liability system costs.

As of July 1, 2015, EDR has been in place for one year. In honor of this milestone, the Commission will publish the first annual report for EDR this fall. Until then, the July newsletter edition is dedicated to sharing information about the EDR process. Please take a moment to read about the benefits of EDR, find out more about who is engaging in the process, and connect with some of the resources available.

Please join us in celebrating the first year of progress with EDR. In addition, on behalf of the Commission staff and the board of directors, we wish you a happy Independence Day and a wonderful summer.

Bethany A. Walmsley
Bethany A. Walmsley, Executive Director

What’s New?

Root Cause Analysis Toolkit »
A new toolkit for healthcare facilities seeking additional resources to strengthen their existing adverse event review process

Commission Publishes 2014 Patient Safety Reporting Program Annual Summary
Press Release »
Report »

Early Discussion and Resolution »
Visit the website about our newest program

Patient Safety and Medication Error Prevention for Pharmacy »
A new online course for pharmacists

Success Stories »
Read about exemplary work in Oregon to improve patient safety

News »

Events »

Popular Links

Quality Improvement Initiatives »
Grant-funded activity taking place at the Commission

2014 Annual Summary: Oregon Patient Safety Reporting Program »
Statewide, aggregate picture of information reported to the Patient Safety Reporting Program

Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Infection Prevention & Control Toolkit »
Guidance on the development and implementation of infection prevention programs

Oregon Adverse Event Disclosure Guide »
Understand the purpose of disclosure and get resources to help develop and improve disclosure programs

Statement of Preventing Harm from Oversedation »
Intended for use in efforts to decrease patient harm associated with oversedation

Our Partners in Safety

Oregon Department of Human Services      Oregon Medical Board

Oregon Health Authority      Oregon Health Care Association

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems      Oregon Center for Nursing

Oregon Office of Rural Health      Oregon State Pharmacy Association

Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network

Northwest Renal Network      OASCA

Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation      Oregon Medical Association

Acumentra      LeadingAge Oregon