Barbara, Chief Medical Officer of Duke Regional Hospital. Learn more about our promise at http://www.dukeregional.org. #LivingOurPromise
During Patient Safety Awareness week we’ve been letting you know a few of the ways we keep patients safe everyday. Our final spotlight for the week is on fall prevention.
We identify patients who are at risk for falling through an assessment during admission. Patients who are considered to be a falls risk are given a special wrist band and socks, and a sign is placed outside their room. These steps ensure that staff members can easily identify these patients even if they are not a part of their immediate care team. Discussing the patient’s fall risk is also part of the standard reporting system with each handoff from caregiver to caregiver, whether the patient is being sent to Radiology for testing or at change of shift on the unit.
Patients who are at risk for falling need extra help getting in and out of bed, walking and moving about. Hourly rounding allows us to check on our patients to see if they need anything. It also helps us prevent falls by making sure things patients need such as water or the telephone, are within their reach. We want to prevent patients from falling because they are trying to get to something they need.
Patients who fall in the hospital could further injure themselves, leading to a longer hospital stay. And let’s face it; no one wants to stay in the hospital any longer than they have to.
During Patient Safety Awareness week we are sharing a few of the ways we keep patients safe everyday. Here’s one way you can partner with us to ensure your health.
Washing your hands is one of the simplest things you can do to keep from getting sick and to prevent spreading viruses and bacteria to others. Hand washing is now known as hand hygiene and can be done either with soap and water or with alcohol foam or alcohol gel. You should always do hand hygiene before and after eating, after using the bathroom, after you sneeze or blow your nose and anytime your hands are visibly soiled or dirty. Always do hand hygiene with soap and water after using the bathroom and when hands are visibly soiled or dirty. Use alcohol gel or alcohol foam for all other times.
Hand hygiene can be accomplished by washing with soap and water or by using a dime-sized portion of either alcohol foam or alcohol gel. The hand hygiene process with soap and water should include thorough washing, rinsing and drying of hands. For alcohol foam or gel, apply a dime-sized portion of the foam or the gel to the palm of one hand, rub your hands together and then rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.
If you are in the hospital you can take a proactive role in your health by making sure all employees and visitors do hand hygiene before or at the time of entering your room and immediately after or at the time of exiting your room. Staff members are encouraged to “foam in” and “foam out” for all patient rooms. Our staff members strive to do hand hygiene 100 percent of the time, but if an opportunity for hand hygiene is missed, don’t be shy about asking hospital staff, your friends and family members if they have done hand hygiene. There are many things we can’t control in life, but ensuring we are doing hand hygiene is one of them.
Happy Patient Safety Week!
Beth, Hannah, Robert, Valerie, Maureen and Haley of the Emergency Department. Learn more about our promise at http://www.dukeregional.org. #LivingOurPromise
Patients. We wouldn’t be here without them and keeping them safe is our number one priority. During Patient Safety Awareness week we are sharing a few of the ways we keep patients safe everyday.
With the widespread use of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance is increasing, requiring expensive and toxic compounds for treatment. At the same time, clinicians are also seeing more adverse effects to these drugs. Adverse reactions to antibiotics account for more visits to the Emergency Department than any other drug class.
Duke Regional began an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in 2011, allowing clinicians to decide what antibiotic would best serve the patient based on multiple factors including micro reports, renal function and drug- to-drug interactions. The goal of the program is to reduce drug resistance and adverse effects to antibiotics as well as decrease length of stay for patients. With fewer doses being dispensed to patients, our pharmacy has seen a reduction in resistant bugs, especially methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections with a higher minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). In layman’s terms— it’s working!
Check back in with us on March 7 to learn how something as simple as hand washing can keep patients safe.
Audrey of Nursing Administration. Learn more about our promise at http://www.dukeregional.org. #LivingOurPromise
On Saturday, March 1, Duke Regional Hospital will launch a new electronic medical record technology. Called Maestro Care, the state-of-the-art technology will mean “one record, one patient, one system.”
Maestro Care will replace more than 100 clinical information systems and create a single electronic medical record of patients’ personal health and healthcare history within Duke Medicine. The secure record can be accessed by patients’ care teams at Duke Regional and anywhere within Duke Medicine as well as by affiliated and referring physicians. That means better coordination, faster communication and enhanced safety for patients.
The new system also provides patients a better way to access their health information. Duke MyChart allows secure online access to request prescription refills, send private messages to a patient’s physicians, view test results quickly and receive easy-to-read billing statements.
This is a significant and exciting step for our hospital, our patients and the community. For more than 37 years, our team at Duke Regional has promised to provide the highest quality care to our community. Launching Maestro Care will help us deliver on that promise—today and for many years to come.
The launch of Maestro Care at Duke Regional is the final step in Duke Medicine’s phased transition to a single, comprehensive electronic medical record technology. Learn more about the new system at dukeregional.org/maestrocare.
Barbara, Margie and Amanda of Education Services. Learn more about our promise at http://www.dukeregional.org. #LivingOurPromise
February is American Heart Month. The American Heart Association recommends foods with little or no salt to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Aim to eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. As you take steps to reduce sodium, you’ll actually start to appreciate foods for their true flavor. In time, you’ll look forward to how food really tastes – not just the salty flavor.
- Read the Nutrition Facts label to compare and find foods lower in sodium. You’ll be surprised to find that even foods in the same category have different amounts of sodium!
- Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, when possible.
- Limit the amount of processed foods you eat and your portion size.
- Avoid adding salt when cooking and/or eating.
- Learn to use spices and herbs to enhance the taste of your food. Most spices naturally contain very small amounts of sodium, but read the label to be sure.
- Add fresh lemon juice instead of salt to fish and vegetables.
- Specify how you want your food prepared when dining out. Ask for your dish to be prepared without salt.
- Take control of what’s in your food by cooking more at home.
- Choose foods with potassium. They counter the effects of sodium and may help lower your blood pressure.
This content was provided by the American Heart Association, whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
After a rigorous on-site review in January, our Hip Fracture Program has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®. During this review, a Joint Commission expert evaluated Duke Regional for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
Our Hip Fracture Program was created to enhance the care of hip fracture patients. The goal of the program is for patients to have surgery 24–48 hours after arriving in the Emergency Department so recovery can begin quickly.
The program is a combined effort between the Emergency Department physicians and staff, anesthesiologists, orthopaedic trauma surgeons, hospitalists, physical therapists, and more. Each group works together to ensure our patients experience as little pain as possible before and after surgery and leave knowing how to prevent future falls and keep their recoveries on track.
Visit dukeregional.org/hipfracture to learn more about our Hip Fracture Program.