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  • Nursing Initiatives to Promote Patient Safety

  • Gabe Brunelli, RN, Newport Hospital

    Did You Know?

    The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital have both received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Of more than 5,000 hospitals in the United States, only about 4 percent are Magnets. Hospitals with Magnet status are shown to have shorter recovery times and higher patient satisfaction than other hospitals.

    What YOU Can Do

    The nursing staff at Lifespan's affiliated hospitals has the education, experience and skills needed to help each patient navigate toward healing and health. Working in concert with each hospital's administrative and medical personnel, nurses are at the forefront of patient safety.

    Several safety initiatives have been instituted by the nursing staff to help ensure that every patient receives the best care. These include:

    • Medication safety: In place in all patient units in all Lifespan hospitals, this "closed-loop" medication system is designed to enhance patient safety. A collaboration between pharmacy, nursing and medical staff, this initiative helps to reduce the human opportunity for error. It helps to ensure that the right patient receives the correct dosage of prescribed medication at the right time.
      More about medication safety
    • Universal surgical protocol:
      This program helps ensure that patients are safeguarded against wrong-site and wrong-side surgeries. Nurses and surgeons adhere to a strict use of checklists before, during and after surgeries. The universal surgical protocol helps to establish uniformity so that health care practitioners follow the same routine for all surgical procedures.
      More about doctor/patient safety in OR
    • Safety Walk Rounds: Nurses and other medical personnel walk through the hospital in order to maintain quality control, identify problems and recommend solutions.
    • Patient Safety Committees: Hospitals have Patient Safety Committees to discuss level of care and other hospital services with patients and their families.
    • GENESIS Program: The GENESIS program at The Miriam Hospital began in 2002. The nursing staff receives special training to learn more about caring for older patients.
      More about the GENESIS program
    • Pressure ulcer prevention: Multi-disciplinary teams at all Lifespan hospitals work with patients to help prevent pressure ulcers, also referred to as bedsores or pressure sores. Patients are examined each day by nurses and the medical staff to help prevent this condition from occurring.
    • Falls Prevention Program: The nursing and medical team at Lifespan's hospitals work with patients to improve their mobility, to help patients with their strength and flexibility, and to help reduce the risk of falls.

    Nurses are accessible, approachable and dedicated to the safety and caring of all patients. Patients and their families are encouraged to discuss their concerns directly with the nursing staff, or to submit questions via email.

    We encourage you to submit any questions or concerns you may have about medication safety at Lifespan hospitals.