Category: Patient Safety

Don’t “Pokémon Go” to the Hospital: Follow 7 Tips to Stay Safe & ER-Free

As Pokémon Go fever continues to spread across the country, trainers of all ages are out in force trying to catch ‘em all. One thing you don’t want to catch, however, is an unnecessary trip to the ER. As you or your child immerse yourself in the world of Pokémon Go, where you are able to capture, train and battle your Pokémon against other players at gyms, don’t forget you’re in the real world too! You may have heard of the multitude of accidents and injuries that have happened because of the Pokémon Go craze and we at HCA want… Read more.

National Pharmacist Day: How Pharmacists Help Keep Patients Safe

Every year, millions of doses of medications are dispensed across America. Pharmacists play a crucial role in ensuring patients receive appropriate, safe and effective medication therapy. On this National Pharmacist Day, here’s a behind the scenes look at how HCA pharmacists help patients and their families understand why, how and when to take medications. Pharmacists work with patients, families, doctors and nurses for patient safety. In hospitals, medications not needed urgently are reviewed by a pharmacist to make sure there are no drug-allergy interactions, drug-drug interactions, drug-disease state interactions or drug-food interactions. The pharmacist also will verify medications are suitable… Read more.

Predicting Sepsis Earlier is Saving Lives

As one of the nation’s leading providers of health and care, HCA is committed to increasing public awareness of sepsis and, as a learning health system, and finding new ways to predict sepsis earlier and save lives. Sepsis—which can occur in the community at large and in hospitals— is more deadly than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS, combined, with approximately 1.5 million cases annually. It’s the number one cause of non-cardiac deaths in intensive care units, and the eleventh leading cause of death overall, with more than 258,00 fatalities in the United States each year. At HCA, we are… Read more.

Code Ready: Recognizing National Preparedness Month

September is known for the change of seasons, back to school and football.  It is also National Preparedness Month.  Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) annual outreach to strengthen our country’s resilience to disasters.  As a healthcare company, we have a duty to make sure that our healthcare facilities are operational during a natural, technological or man-made event and that each patient, physician and our communities are prepared individually. HCA has a comprehensive program to assist individuals and our facilities during a disaster.  Our Code Ready program provides information on how… Read more.

Innovators Award Highlights Great Thinking Across HCA – Project Mary

The annual Innovators Award challenge brings out HCA’s best thinkers . In 2013,  more than 1,500 ideas were submitted, and winners were chosen at every facility and at the division level. From those, three national winners have been announced. Each national winner received $10,000, as well as the “Tommy” award, a likeness of company founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.

Smarter Care – The Learning Health System

The Institute of Medicine defines a learning health system as “one in which progress in science, informatics and care culture align to generate new knowledge as an ongoing, natural by-product of the care experience and seamlessly refine and deliver best practices for continuous improvement in health and health care.”

Patient Safety is First and Foundational for HCA

During the week of March 2-8 2014, HCA will join in the national observance of Patient Safety Awareness Week, underscoring our fundamental commitment to working together with patients to provide the safest care possible.

Patient Safety Week 2014 – INFOGRAPHIC

At HCA, patient safety is a top priority. This week is Patient Safety Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), and is a time for healthcare providers and patients alike to focus on the steps we can all take to improve patient safety.

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2013

This week marked the start of Patient Safety Awareness Week 2013.  This year’s theme, Patient Safety 7/365: 7 days of recognition, 365 days of commitment to safe care, reinforces the ongoing attention to patient safety by every care giver.

Effort to Reduce Healthcare-associated Infections is Working

There is compelling news this week that the national effort to reduce healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) is working. The report from the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) infection tracking system, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), contains data from more than 11,500 healthcare facilities.

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