Quality & Patient Safety Recipient: Tricia Casler, RN, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, TX Getting patients to take medication properly during a hospital stay can be difficult — after discharge, it can be almost impossible. This isn’t because the patients don’t want to comply, but rather because they can get lost in a sea of directions, timelines, contra-indicators and other prescription complexities. Enter the Mug Shot, a sticker that goes on a patient’s water bottle and uses simple language to outline the purpose and possible side effects of each medication. Since creating the program and rolling it out at St.… Read more.
Pete Butler knows how to get things done. The 77-year-old is a military retiree, and also spent time working for U.S. Sen. Richard Stone and representing military and veteran’s affairs for the state of Florida. So when he wanted to take part in a fundraising run for the Parkinson’s Foundation in Tallahassee, Fla., he turned to his support team at Capital Regional Medical Center. Butler has a Parkinson’s diagnosis, so the run meant a lot to him. He also has had two interventional procedures at Capital Regional over the past decade, and visits the facility three times a week for… Read more.
by Milton Johnson, Chairman and CEO At HCA, quality patient care and improving the patient experience is at the core of everything we do. Because of our size, scope and expertise, we are uniquely positioned to lead the healthcare community in this regard, and we are doing just that. Even so, there is always room for improvement. We owe it to our patients and their families to provide an exemplary experience in every care setting. And, as I’ve visited caregivers across our organization, I’ve seen firsthand that there is a very deep desire to give our patients the best possible… Read more.
HCA nurses rock – literally! Our compassionate caregivers kicked off National Nurses Week on Monday with a flash mob performance for a pediatric heart patient’s Make-A-Wish ® reveal at HCA-affiliate Medical City Children’s Hospital in Texas. The Dallas-based children’s hospital partnered with Make-A-Wish North Texas to surprise 13-year old Ashley, diagnosed with a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart, with her dream vacation – a Disney Cruise. She and her family, including three siblings, will set sail for Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in June. Forty nurses, physicians and support staff at Medical… Read more.
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.
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.
National Hospital Week celebrates the institutions that foster health and bring hope as well as the caregivers who bring knowledge, skills, and caring to the patients were privileged to serve. We hope the infographic below helps illustrate the many roles hospitals and caregivers play. Please join us in celebrating the special institutions and caring individuals.
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.