Patient Safety is the Focus of Every Employee at East Georgia Regional Medical Center

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Patient safety is at the forefront of mind for staff members at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. The facility recently switched to a bar coding patient & specimen identification system, from its previous handwritten system. The automated, bar coding system has greatly helped the facility improve its medication dispensing error rate. Read the full story below.

Promoting Patient Safety During Hospital Stay: An Interview with JFK Medical Center’s Robert Bayly, MD

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Bayly, M.D., explains how the adoption of evidence-based protocols – like electronic medical records (EMRs) – can help avoid many preventable mistakes that are greatly improving patient safety.   story originally featured on NJ.com, published Aug. 17, 2015   As vice president of quality and patient safety at JFK Medical Center in Edison, Robert Bayly, M.D., draws on everything from the latest scientific research...

Intermountain Healthcare Standardizes Purchasing & Improves Patient Safety

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The Challenge Located in Utah and southeastern Idaho, Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 22 hospitals and a Medical Group with more than 185 physician clinics. Without a standardized system in place, multiple departments at Intermountain Healthcare purchased similar patient ID products from a variety of suppliers. This led to an overabundance of SKUs, increased supply costs, and inconsistency between products that impacted...

Good News: Hospital Pharmacists are Taking on a Greater Role in Patient Care

EDITOR’S NOTE: Some positive new trends among hospital pharmacists are on the rise including improved medication-use practices. Read the full story below for the updates on smart infusion pumps, newly implemented EHRs, and more.  Story originally featured on DrugTopics.com, published July 20, 2015 Hospital pharmacists are taking a greater role in patient care, performing more medication-related patient transition-of-care (TOC) interventions, 24/7 medication order review,...

BCMA Helping to Maintain More Than 95% Compliance in Medication Administration

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) is helping hospitals nationwide reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. Is your hospital using a BCMA system? If so, are protocols always properly followed to help ensure the system’s integrity? UC Hospital’s testimonial below outlines the benefits a BCMA can add to your facility today.  Story originally featured on UCHospitals.EDU, published June 23, 2015 As part of our ongoing...

How One Hospital Protected Newborn Babies from Medical Errors—Just by Changing Their Wristbands

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Patient ID Wristbands in the NICU are designed to positively identify each individual patient, every time. Learn how to prevent thousands of mistakes by simply printing a label and applying it to a NICU patient’s wristband. Check out the full story below. Story originally featured on Vox.com, published July 25, 2015 In 2013, researchers working at a Milwaukee hospital made a simple...

Patient Safety in Children’s Hospitals: The Journey to Zero Harm

EDITOR’S NOTE: Children’s Hospitals across the country are collaborating together to reduce hospital acquired conditions and changing the hospital culture to one of patient safety. Will other hospitals take note of these improvements and follow suit?  Story originally featured on U.S. News, published June 29, 2015 In contemporary society, we like to talk about thinking outside the box. Sometimes, though, you have to build...

Pre-Printed Medication Labels Are a Quick Patient Safety Enhancer

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sometimes improving patient safety is as easy as printing patient information before administering medication or any other process, event or surgery. Confirming the correct patient information with pre-printed labels on patient charts wristbands, and medication containers is easier and also more accurate than using a handwritten system. Original story featured on outpatientsurgery.net, published in March, 2015 When asked about what she...

Bar Coding: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3

Healthcare professionals are constantly searching for ways to incorporate new technologies and protocols that help improve patient safety. When a patient is admitted into a hospital or checks-in at a non-acute care facility, a plethora of personal and medical data starts to be recorded. This data pool continues to grow throughout the patient’s visit, and must be documented accurately to ensure patients...

Blood Transfusion Safety at the Point of Care

Blood transfusions have the power to help save the lives of patients who have had a massive trauma, are undergoing a major surgery, or are facing an illness that affects their plasma levels. While transfusions can significantly improve patient health or sustain life, just one simple error in the process can lead to serious injury or even result in...