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.
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.
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.
Palliative care refers to the medical care of patients in the final hours or days of their lives. In 2010 a study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients who received palliative care for a terminal illness (like lung cancer for example) were happier and in less pain than those not in the palliative program. End of Life Care has been a passion of mine from the early days of my career as a critical care nurse. I worked in a surgical-trauma ICU. The most tragic part of my job was talking with family members in the… Read more.
Time is of the essence when it comes to treating stroke victims and other critical-care patients. Often that means making quick decisions about sending a patient to another facility if there’s no doctor onsite when the patient comes in. To connect physicians to patients in outlying areas, Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth rolled out the ‘doc bot,’ a robotic communications system that lets a doctor see and interact with a patient elsewhere. The technology adds a layer of personal treatment, letting the doctor actually see the patient as well as their diagnostic tests, said Sharon Eberlein, Neuroscience Program Director.… 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.
At its core, patient safety is about making improvements to the healthcare system that result in the safest environment and procedures possible for patients. Because of this, our hospitals are always looking for opportunities to improve. Not surprisingly, one of the best ways to find out how you can do better is to ask the people you serve: the patients. Many of our hospitals have started patient advisory boards where patients are invited to give feedback on how they can improve. That’s what we do at Raulerson Hospital, where I’m privileged to serve as CEO. Every quarter, we randomly select… Read more.
It’s easy to think that patient safety is completely reliant on healthcare providers like doctors and nurses. But a patient is not someone who is there to simply receive instruction. Yesterday, Dr. Perlin and Diane Pinakiewicz spoke about the role of the patient in patient safety. They are part of the care team and should actively participate in care decisions. Like Diane said, nobody knows more about the patient than the patient. In fact, a 2008 study showed that patients who are more engaged in their care, have better outcomes. At our hospitals, we have worked to create an environment… Read more.
Yesterday, we talked broadly about Patient Safety Awareness Week in order to provide more context around the movement. Today, we’re going to go a little deeper. Recently, I sat down with HCA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Perlin and the President of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Diane Pinakiewicz to discuss patient safety. I wanted to hear their thoughts on how far we’ve come, what’s on the horizon and the roles that both patients and their providers (nurses and doctors) play in improving patient safety. We recorded the conversation and separated the audio by each question, below. This is a great discussion… Read more.