"As the U.S. health care system tackles the Triple Aim of better experiences of care, better population health and lower costs, it is imperative for health professionals to meaningfully partner with patients and families”
Every unit in Rainbow is led by a physician/nurse dyad who are expected to partner in the leadership of the unit on everything from safety to patient satisfaction to budgetary issues. In the face of the innumerable challenges of running a patient care unit, these dyads work diligently to assure that patient safety is the top priority through their words and actions. By modeling safety behaviors in their own clinical care, identifying staff practicing these behaviors, holding staff accountable, sharing data with patients and family regarding key safety initiatives, and showing genuine support and respect for each other, these dyads reinforce a culture where everyone plays a valuable role in keeping patients safe.
Sentinel Event Alert Issue 52: Preventing infection from the misuse of vials
Thousands of patients have been adversely affected by the misuse of single-dose/single-use and multiple-dose vials. The misuse of these vials has caused harm to individual patients through occurrences and outbreaks of bloodborne pathogens and associated infections, including hepatitis B and C virus, meningitis, and epidural abscesses. Adverse events caused by this misuse have occurred in both inpatient and outpatient settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Read-back improves information transfer in simulated clinical crises.
Read-backs are widely recommended in order to improve communication of critical clinical information. This simulation study found that anesthesiologists who immediately read back clinical data during simulated emergencies were eight times more likely to retain and use the information appropriately.
This scholarship is for health caregivers who are committed to pediatric patient safety and providing a safe health care environment for their patients and families. The Micalizzi Scholarship covers 100% of General Conference fees for IHI’s 26th National Forum. In addition, the scholarship winner is reimbursed for up to $1,500 for travel, lodging, or other Forum expenditures (including fees for Learning Labs or Minicourses). The scholarship is intended for those serving vulnerable, underprivileged, and underserved pediatric populations. Click here for application instructions.
“Look for a way to lift someone up. If that’s all you do, it’s enough.”
This topic has been of interest to me for many years after countess families have shared that they were not given any support, resources, counseling, or even a hug, or “I’m so sorry that your child died in our care. What can we do to help you?”
I need names and examples of facilities that are providing a “safety net” for families facing trauma, either death or diagnosis, to support bad news.
Pediatricians have asked me to write about what the emotional and physical impacts are on a family following a child’s death so that they can understand better, to help families more. Little has been written on this topic. I would also like to give examples in the article about how hospitals are improving care and aftercare for children and families. What resources are you offering?
Please respond to this post or email me about what your hospital is doing to help families traumatized by illness or death. The ideas will be listed to help others not as far along on the compassionate care journey. firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!