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.
A while back I wrote about how HCA prepares for hurricanes, 77 hospitals at a time. But hurricanes are one of many natural disasters that we have to prepare for each year. It’s true that some disasters we train for never happen but it’s still important to be prepared – just look at the recent emergency drill by New York City. And since we have hospitals across the U.S. we come into contact with a variety of incidents brought about by natural disasters. Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, floods, and volcanic eruptions are just some of the emergencies that HCA has… Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.