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.
We recently told you about a new way we’re giving time back to patients and nurses. Vitals Now takes a patient’s vital signs and adds them to their medical record as soon as they’re taken in the room. This is a HUGE time saver and allows nurses to do more of what they love; take care of patients.
Real Data Right Now Taking vital signs is a mainstay of quality healthcare. It’s also one of the most labor-intensive tasks facing nurses and medical staff, who until now, have taken the information, written it on charts and later transferred it to a patient’s electronic health record.
When your body is faced with an infection, your immune system springs into action. It tracks down the infection and releases chemicals in the bloodstream to fight it. There can be times, however, when your body doesn’t react well to these chemicals your body is releasing. In severe cases, inflammation occurs which can lead to a life-threatening condition called sepsis.
Summer officially ends in September but if you have children, you know that “summer” really ends with the start of a new school year. Under those rules, parents and kids only have a few more weeks of summer left. Sorry to bring up that painful reminder. Please don’t send me mean emails. :) I hope you’ve had a great and safe summer so far. As we look ahead at the weeks that remain, I think it’s a good time to review a few essential safety tips. July and August are typically the hottest months so the risk of heat related… Read more.
Last month I told you about the 14th annual Patient Safety Congress that I would be attending in Washington, D.C. with a few of my HCA colleagues who were presenting. As has been the case in the previous events put on by the National Patient Safety Foundation, this year’s proved to offer another enriching and inspiring few days. There were so many positive things that stood out to me this year that it would be near impossible to name them all. So I created a short list of things that were highlights for me. Simulation has become a distinguishing component… Read more.
For the past 14 years the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has hosted the Patient Safety Congress in Washington, D.C. This year’s meeting is next week, May 23 – 25. The theme is Patient Safety 365: Every day, every patient. HCA will be presenting at this event and I’m privileged to be one of three co-chairs. The Patient Safety Congress provides a chance to exchange ideas with patient safety experts and practitioners from around the globe. I recently corresponded via email with the president of NPSF, Diane Pinakiewicz, who echoed this sentiment: “One of the most exciting aspects of Congress… Read more.
Since 1994, National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) has presented the important public health message that it is our duty to protect infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year, NIIW will be observed April 21-28. It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of America’s many immunization programs and the partnerships that help protect and promote healthy communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 14 diseases that are vaccine-preventable: mumps, measles, rubella (MMR), pertussis (whooping cough), chickenpox, tetanus, poliomyelitis (polio), diphtheria, hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenzae Type B infection or Hib, (a bacterial illness that can lead to… Read more.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you suddenly became a hospital patient with a serious injury or illness, unable to communicate with medical professionals providing your care? Or what would family members or friends do if asked to make life-changing decisions on your behalf? April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), was created to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making. It is meant to serve as a conversation-starter, encouraging everyone to talk about his or her future healthcare decisions and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living wills) in accordance with their applicable state… Read more.
Genny Pogar Johnson is 34. In 2011, she was diagnosed with a rare chronic Leukemia, Myleofibrosis. The only cure is a blood or marrow transplant. Genny is a patient here at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s. She and her mom Ann have been working with our blood or marrow transplant team since August 2011. And I do mean “working with.” Genny and Ann are great examples of what it means to be active participants. There’s been a lot of discussion this week about the importance of patients and their family members being engaged in their care alongside nurses and doctors. It’s a crucial… Read more.