At Lifespan's affiliated hospitals, our young patients receive the highest quality medical care. Our staff is dedicated to keeping our patients safe while they are getting well. We also believe that the continuum of care does not end when patients leave the hospital. Many of the programs described here have been designed to help patients and their families lead safe, more fulfilling and healthier lives when they leave the hospital and return to their homes, schools and their communities.
Bradley Hospital, the nation's first free-standing children's psychiatric specialty hospital, recently underwent a major renovation to modernize its 75-year-old facility. The rooms feature tamper-proof fixtures and provide patients with increased privacy, while still enabling staff to closely monitor and respond to patients. The design also allows the hospital to be more flexible when admitting patients. The furniture throughout the renovated hospital was newly designed to meet safety considerations.
In addition, a number of initiatives were undertaken at Bradley to improve patient safety and outpatient and residential services. Since the opening of the new facility and the administering of improved safety procedures, hospital-wide restraint and seclusion was reduced by 17%; patient injuries during restraints intervention were reduced by 78%; parent complaints concerning child restraint or seclusion were eliminated for the full year during which these figures were tabulated; and the number of staff hours lost from work due to patient handling injury was reduced by 48%.
Additionally, over 700 staff members were trained in a crisis management curriculum, which resulted in improved conditions at Bradley Hospital for staff and patients alike.
The following programs are introduced here in brief. Further information and contact information is available at the Injury Prevention Center website.
We encourage you to submit any questions or concerns you may have about these programs and the safety of pediatric patients at our hospitals.