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Category Archives: Patient Safety

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

The Quality of Patient Care

Ideal CareWe have previously posted about the value of time in healthcare and the impact that it can have on the quality of patient care.  The implications of ‘time’ are significant because it can affect a patient’s experience throughout the continuum of care and also their safety.

Diving more deeply into the topic, The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) recently hosted a webinar, Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement, that provided an overview of the current state of patient safety in the United States.  The webinar covered information presented in their report which was an update of a similar report 15 years earlier.

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Categories: Patient Safety

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

TeleTracking Offers Hand Hygiene Monitoring Technology

hand hygiene blogThe costs are staggering.

Each year, hospital infections could claim up to 100,000 lives and cost hospitals $45 billion. Yet, studies repeatedly show that, without encouragement, hospital workers may only wash their hands once out of every three times they interact with patients.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control, Patient Safety, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Indiana Hospitals Shoot for No. 1 in Patient Safety Nationally

number-1-patient-safety (250x250)“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”   –Yogi Berra

Although he has a funny way of saying it, Yogi Berra, the baseball legend and dugout philosopher, knows the importance of goals.

So does Douglas Leonard. And he has set a noble one. As president of the Indiana Hospital Association, he wants Indiana to become the safest state in America for hospital care. That means that Indiana Hospitals are shooting to be number one nationally in patient safety.

Why so high?

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hospital Infection Control, Patient Safety, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Seven Ways to Master Operational Efficiency in Your Hospital

Register Now-TeleTracking Webinar SeriesIn its recent study, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified six major factors – or operational inefficiencies – that contribute to the $750 billion the IOM claims is wasted annually by the US healthcare system.

They are:

1. Unnecessary Services ($210 Billion)
2. Inefficient Delivery of Care ($130 Billion)
3. Excess Administrative Costs ($190 Billion)
4. Inflated Prices ($105 Billion)
5. Prevention Failures ($55 Billion)
6. Fraud ($75 Billion)

So what can YOU do to help close these gaps? We think the most realistic goal is to reduce costs by mastering operational efficiencies.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Bed Management, Overcrowding, Patient Flow, Patient Safety, Real-Time Capacity Management

The Healthcare Checklist: A Simple List That Saves Lives

Healthcare ChecklistWarren Buffet doesn’t make an investment without one. Pilots don’t take a plane up without one. Yet many people are very reluctant to use the simple tool know as the checklist. Especially, it seems, in healthcare.

The checklist was developed by the U.S. Air Force decades ago to help pilots deal with the increasing complexities of aircraft. It began as a simple pre-flight walk around the plane and instrument check, a routine that private pilots do to this day. [See Checklist mentality… it’s a good thing from the Air Force Safety Center.]

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Categories: Patient Safety

“Patient safety and quality – are hospitals doing all they can?”

Hospital Patient SafetyIt has been well over a decade since the landmark report To Err Is Human was released by the Institute of Medicine. That study said preventable medical errors caused up to 98,000 deaths each year. Those findings established medical error as one of the leading cause of death in the United States.

The study rocked the medical community because until then, hospital leaders believed some errors and infection were inevitable. We all accept that “accidents do happen.” But most of us acknowledge that many are preventable.  Apparently that’s not the case with all hospitals.

A controversial report released the other day by the Leapfrog Groupnoted that even now about 400 people die every day – the equivalent of one large jetliner crashing and killing all aboard– because of hospital errors.

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Categories: Patient Safety, Real-Time Capacity Management