Safety and Quality

Safety and Quality Rap

Safety and quality improvements are not all hard work, although most of it is. As part of the Ohio Children's Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety Collaborative, each participant was asked to prepare a video that furthered their efforts to improve safety.

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WASH ‘EM PROUD 2012 recap: HAI reduction goal met

The WASH ‘EM PROUD initiative continues to be a top priority in 2013. Here are some highlights from 2012:

  • We met our goal to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by 10% from 2011. While our ultimate goal is zero HAIs, we had the best year on record.
  • Children’s staff hand washing compliance rate was 39% in 2011 and 52% in 2012. We still have much work to do, but we are making progress.
  • 3M Avagard D hand hygiene product implementation has begun. 3M Avagard D is replacing the Ecolab Quick Care foam. It is shown to be gentler on hands, making them less dry. Watch for the new product to arrive in your unit soon.
  • Children’s released the WASH ‘EM PROUD song and video. Children’s staff, Youth Advisory Council Members, patients, and volunteers dance and sing in the video to spread the word about hand hygiene.

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Be aware of pressure ulcer risks

The most commonly reported adverse event remains a pressure ulcer and as more complex patients are admitted to the non-critical care units, the need to document secondary 'at risk' problems becomes more critical— as highlighted in the latest "Reflections on Patient Safety." Please review the most recent installment of this important patient-safety tool that is designed to help close the loop on lessons learned from Focused Event Reviews.

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Ketogenic diet and patient safety

Procedures designed to ensure the safety of a patient with a ketogenic diet are the subject of Sugar Coated — the latest "Reflections on Patient Safety." Please review the most recent installment of this important patient-safety tool that is designed to help close the loop on lessons learned from Focused Event Reviews.

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Abbreviations may lead to errors

Abbreviations used in medical record documentation can be confusing and lead to patient safety errors. Please fully type out all words when entering your documentation in the patient record. See examples of unacceptable abbreviations and how they can be confused, as well as correct documentation.

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