STEGH 2014/2015 Annual Report

SAFETY

Learn about our safety measures and initiatives

Patient safety is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the reporting, analysis, and prevention of medical error, incidents or events. STEGH uses a robust reporting system to track incidents and ensure due diligence is done in responding and preventing. One such way we do this is weekly hand hygiene audits and reporting at our leadership huddle. We know that careful and diligent hand hygiene can stop the spread of infections. Every week, all STEGH managers conduct hand hygiene audits throughout the hospital, document their findings, and report out the following week. We set a target to achieve 95% hand hygiene compliance before patient contact.

Overall, our compliance rates this past fiscal year have been stellar; in fact, we exceeded our target by year end. We will stay vigilant and continue to track this important safety measure.

Another key patient safety initiative implemented this past year at STEGH relates to medication reconciliation. Medication reconciliation is a formal process in which healthcare providers work together with patients, families and care providers to ensure accurate and comprehensive medication information is communicated consistently across transitions of care.

Medication reconciliation requires a systematic and comprehensive review of all the medications a patient is taking (known as a Best Possible Medication History) to ensure that medications being added, changed or discontinued are carefully tracked. It is a component of medication management and will inform and enable prescribers to make the most appropriate prescribing decisions for the patient.

We set a target to achieve 95% compliance for medication reconciliation on admission for all patients with greater than 48 hour length of stay and we were successful in meeting this target.

It is a true testament to our patient care providers whose dedication to safety is practiced daily.

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