Friday, October 2, 2015

What's Happening Oct. 2, 2015

Upcoming events at the Blum Patient and Family Learning Center

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All programs are free and open to MGH staff, patients, and the general public. Spaces are limited. No registration needed.

Please note the different times for each program.

International Infection Prevention Week: Infection Prevention is Everyone’s Business!
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1 pm-2 pm
Do you know the most important way to prevent infections? The answer is in your hands!
Join Dolores Suslak, MSN, CIC, for a program on infection prevention. She will answer your questions about preventing infections in the hospital, the community, and your home. She will also review common facts and myths about vaccines and how they can prevent illnesses.

Talking to Your Doctor About Pain
Wednesday, Oct.21, 12 pm-1 pm
Are you having trouble talking to your doctor about your pain?
Common barriers to effective pain treatment include:

  • Trouble describing pain
  • Attitudes towards pain and drug use
  • Differing opinions on pain management

Join Dr. Paul Arnstein to learn about these barriers. He will provide you with helpful tips on how to clearly communicate with your doctor about pain.

National Physical Therapy Month: We’ve Got Your Back!
Thursday, Oct. 29, 1 pm-2 pm
Ergonomics is the study of people at work. It involves designing tasks and work areas to keep people safe and healthy. By arranging your work environment to best fit you and your body, you can reduce stress and injury.
Join Tara Pai, PT, MS, OCS, for a program on ergonomics. She will explain the benefits of good posture and body mechanics in work and your everyday life.


Office Ergonomic Champion Program
Fri Oct. 9, 9 am-12 pm
Yawkey building, 4th floor Schiff Conference Center, room 4-910
Presented by: Marie Figueroa, DPT, ATC, Ergonomics Specialist, PHS Occupational Health Ergonomics Program

Interested in learning how to make yourself or your co-workers more comfortable while using the computer? Ever wonder when a sit-stand workstation might be a good option? Do you find working off of a laptop to be challenging?
Employees may attend for their own purposes or so that they can learn how to evaluate their co-workers’ computer workstations!
You can register for any of the upcoming sessions on Healthstream:

  • Go to: Partners Applications> Utilities> Healthstream
  • Log in using your User ID and Healthstream password * (*if you do not have a Healthstream password, use abc123)
  • Choose PHS Student/Manager
  • Click on the Catalog tab at the top of the page
  • Type PHS Office Ergonomics into the SEARCH engine
  • Click on PHS Office Ergonomics Train-the-Trainer
  • Click on Show Class Schedule
  • Review the list of upcoming courses and choose the class you’d like by clicking on Register

COPD Care Prompts and Patient Education Material Available in POE
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Provider Order Entry system (POE) began to help support optimal care for COPD patients in a manner similar to the current Heart Failure and Pneumonia prompts.  When discharging adult patients with COPD, the clinician is now prompted to answer questions reflecting evidence-based practice for COPD management including medication management, diagnostic testing and pulmonary rehabilitation.  The discharging nurse is prompted to give the patient a COPD symptom tracker and education documents available via hyperlink.  

For more information on the enhancements to the discharge module, please contact any of the following on the COPD Care Redesign /  COPD Patient Education Teams: Paul Currier, MD; Jessica McCannon, MD; Susan Morash, RN; Nancy Davis, RRT, AE-C; Alison Squadrito PT, DPT, GCS

Central Flu Clinics at the MGH
Fall is now in full swing with the kids back in school and the foliage beginning to show; we know that the flu season has arrived. It is time to start thinking about getting the flu shot to prepare yourself. All individuals 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated annually. For patients 65 years and older, in addition to receiving the high dose flu vaccine, which is specially designed for this population, it is highly recommended that these individuals also receive the pneumococcal vaccine. Protection from pneumococcal infections is important since pneumonia and influenza related complications can be very serious. 

The MGH is offering several opportunities for patients and staff to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the flu. Please visit the MGH flu website for more details on patient and staff flu clinics.  Here on main campus, the Central Flu Clinic will begin this week and run for the next six weeks.  Patients are encouraged to stop by and get their flu vaccine Monday-Friday between 8am and 6pm.

Upcoming Lecture for MGHfC Parenting Series in October

MGHfC and the Partners Employee Assistance Program are sponsoring the MGHfC Parenting Series, a series of monthly discussion-style talks on pediatric and parent-focused topics for employees with children.

The next lecture, “Mommy, My Tummy Hurts! A Talk on GI Conditions and Food Allergies,” presented by Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, is on Oct. 20 from 12-1 p.m. in the Haber Teleconference Room. All are welcome.

To sign up for a lecture or to learn more, please contact Briana Nestor, MA, Project Manager/Editor at MGHfC, or visit

Couldn’t attend a previous lecture? Visit click on “Videos of Past Lectures” to watch videos of previous lectures from the MGHfC Parenting Series.

 MGHfC Quality and Safety 2016 Mini Grant Program

The MGHfC Quality and Safety Leadership Team is happy to announce the 2016 MGHfC Quality and Safety Mini Grant Program. The 2016 program will award approximately between $8,000 and $10,000 in mini-grant funding for four multidisciplinary process improvement efforts across MGHfC. Each team may apply for up to $2,500 in project funds.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jessica Mascola at or John Co, director of Outpatient Quality and Safety at

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