Grandview Reaffirms Commitment to Patient SafetyMarch 5, 2012
March 4-10, 2012, is designated as National Patient Safety Week, and Grandview is taking the opportunity to reaffirm its unwavering and uncompromising commitment to patient safety.
In fact, Grandview Medical Center was very recently a part of a nationwide group of hospitals that participated in a successful initiative to increase patient safety by improving the processes and systems that facilities use to deliver health care. Through the National Patient Safety Initiative (NPSI), Grandview worked with Qsource, the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Tennessee, to establish an organizational culture that supports patient safety and to reduce surgical complications.
If you are a newer Grandview patient or visitor, then you may be seeing a bit more yellow…All patients who meet several clinical criteria for being at an increased risk of falling are now provided with yellow hospital attire and footwear so they can be easily noticed – and quickly assisted – by staff members.
Improvements and upgrades in the hospital’s processes and technology of how medications are assigned and dispensed to patients were made within the past year. While safe and accurate medication dispensing has always been a paramount priority of Grandview, the new system offers more stringent safeguards for both nurse and patient.
And among our most active committees within the hospital is the Patient Safety Council, composed of both clinical and non-clinical personnel so that all angles and ideas are brought to the table. The sole function of this committee is to assess and measure data, which drives our initiatives for fostering a culture of patient safety.
We could go on, but suffice to say, everything we do or plan at Grandview to provide exceptional healthcare first goes through the prism of patient safety. It’s that simple. It’s that important.
It’s a New Day at Grandview Medical Center.