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TeleTracking Recognizes Patient Safety Awareness Week

UnitedForPatientSafety.org || National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s  Patient Safety Awareness Week kicked off Sunday, March 12th and is a week dedicated to not only raising awareness about patient safety, but also recognizing the efforts of healthcare professionals to keep patients safe.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) placed a spotlight on the issue of medical errors— and the related patient safety concerns— more than 15 years ago.  While significant advances have been made, there is still work to be done since even one error is one error too many.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Safety

Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Flow

The DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation

We’re excited to announce the kickoff of an exciting new partnership with The DAISY FoundationThe DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Flow.  The award recognizes the amazing work nurses do behind the scenes to ensure patients are receiving the right care, in the right place, and at the right time.

To nominate a nurse or team of nurses that often work behind the scenes to manage and improve patient flow, click here for more information.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Flow

National Nurses Week 2016

Super RN TeleBearA celebration of nurses – National Nurses Week 2016

Before looking ahead to National Nurses Week 2016, let’s take a quick look back at the woman who inspired this celebration—Florence Nightingale.  From the time she was a child, Florence knew nursing was her calling—she was committed to helping people and providing warm, compassionate care.

Florence also understood the importance of process and the role it plays in ensuring quality patient care and delivering positive outcomes.  Early in her career, she helped fight a cholera epidemic at the hospital she was working at by improving hygiene practices, which significantly lowered the death rate.

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People are Talking Patient Flow at AONE & AORN

TeleTracking Team
TeleTracking Team

The TeleTracking team recently hit the road for the American Organization of Nurse Executives [AONE] Annual Meeting and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses [AORN] Surgical Conference & Expo.  Patient flow and operational efficiency were among the leading topics at both shows, and so were these topics:

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Flow

Communication – Key to Patient Flow

TeleTracking Instant NotifyEffective, efficient communication is key to effective, efficient patient flow.  If there are communication breakdowns between departments, there’s often confusion and delays in getting patients to the right level of care.  These delays often lead to unnecessary and redundant phone calls and pages, and undo / redo of patient bed assignments.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Flow

TeleTracking Recognizes Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness WeekThe National Patient Safety Foundation’s  Patient Safety Awareness Week kicked off on Sunday.  A week where the efforts of healthcare professionals to keep patients safe and provide optimum, quality care is recognized.  Critical to patient safety is the operational efficiency of a health system – and the strategies and tactics to maximize it.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Safety

Ambulatory Care – The New Frontier of Quality & Safety

TeleTracking_OutpatientTeleTracking’s three-part Joint Commission webinar series, presented by Ann Scott Blouin, the Commission’s executive vice president, customer relations, wrapped up with the topic, “An Emerging Arena for Quality & Safety Issues: The Growth of Ambulatory Care”, featuring information from The Joint Commission’s perspective and experience, along with ambulatory industry knowledge.

Download the webinar recording and slide deck.

Geographically diverse. Different reporting structures. The topic of ambulatory care, and the quality and safety implications, is particularly relevant as more and more work is done outside the four walls of a traditional hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the number of visits to physician offices, hospital outpatient facilities and emergency departments totals 1.2 billion1. Today, the Ambulatory Health Care program at The Joint Commission accredits over 2,1002 organizations in a variety of settings.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Outpatient Care, Patient Flow, The Joint Commission

National Nurses Week 2015

TeleTracking SuperRN T-shirt
TeleTracking Super RN T-shirt

Celebrating National Nurses Week 2015

At the height of the Crimean War between Britain and Russia, the mortality rate of British solders brought to the Scutari military hospital in Istanbul was over forty percent. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week

Who’s Looking Out For Nurses?

I used to be a detectiveWith National Nurses Week coming up (May 6-12, 2015), it’s a good time to remember the old adage that working smarter trumps working longer or harder.

Studies have shown that 17 hours of sustained wakefulness is equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% and that after 24 hours, it is equivalent to 0.10%.  (You may be interested in: The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert Issue 48: Health care worker fatigue and patient safety.) » Continue reading

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Listening is a Big Part of Patient Safety Too

National Patient SafetyTwo weeks ago, in the middle of another Chicago snowstorm, a surprise phone call reminded me that patient safety is more than a checklist.

A college friend  said her dad was on a ventilator in a community hospital 100 miles away.  He feared he would die unless he was transferred to a Chicago hospital and the family had no idea how to do that. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Safety, Transfer / Referral Center