Sunday, September 26, 2021

Play

New Yorkers voice concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional and state voting districts; and providers ask the Supreme Court to act on Texas' new abortion law.

Play

The January 6th committee subpoenas former Trump officials; a Senate showdown looms over the debt ceiling; the CDC okays COVID boosters for seniors; and advocates testify about scams targeting the elderly.

Play

A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

Ohio Children’s Hospitals Join to Improve Patient Safety

Play

Tuesday, March 4, 2014   

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Efforts are ramping up in Ohio to build a "culture of safety" within hospitals, particularly pediatric facilities. Several years ago, children's hospitals in Ohio formed a network to share data and best practices in order to reduce harm to patients.

Physician Steve Muething, vice president for safety, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said it has expanded and is now up to 78 children's hospitals across the country. He said it has really changed the face of children's hospitals.

"It is incredible when you hear these very busy people who are running very large hospitals stop what they are doing and get together to discuss how they can work together to improve safety. It's an incredible thing that's happening, and it all started right here in Ohio," he said.

By the end of the year, the Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety network aims to achieve a 40 percent reduction in certain hospital-acquired conditions and a 25 percent reduction in serious safety events.

Muething said increasing patient safety takes the combined efforts of hospital administration, health care providers, patients and their families. Parents should be advocates for their child, and should share information and ask questions, he explained.

"Families can really help by pointing out to care providers things they feel might not quite look right. Together, if we do it all right, it really decreases the chances of kids experiencing errors or harm while in the hospital, or even picking up infections while they're here with us," he said.

Hand washing is an important step that can reduce infections while a child is in the hospital. Muething said parents should make sure both they and the medical team scrub up. Another important aspect of safety is understanding medications, he said.

"The hospitals, the physicians need to make sure we really make the prescriptions clear and correct for that child," Muething said, "and the families need to really make sure they know what's being asked of them, because sometimes the doses need to be incredibly precise."

This is National Patient Safety Awareness Week, and the Solutions for Patient Safety network has more information about safety online at www.solutionsforpatientsafety.org.




get more stories like this via email

The climate resilience package includes $1.5 billion for measures to better defend the state against wildfires. (Peter Buschmann/U.S. Forest Service)

Environment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Climate activists are praising Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing a $15 billion climate action package Thursday, but argued he …


Social Issues

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Some New Yorkers are voicing concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional, State Senate and …

Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- There is strong public support in Iowa to enact a state law that criminalizes elder abuse, a topic also being discussed by law …


Geothermal energy is produced by drilling deep into the earth's bedrock, pumping in water, and using the resulting steam to generate power. (Utah FORGE)

Environment

SALT LAKE CITY -- A researcher at the University of Utah said plans for generating renewable energy should include a power source right under our feet…

Social Issues

CHICAGO -- Advocates for immigrants and refugees in Illinois traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to push for a pathway to citizenship for up to …

Arkansas farmers produce more than 9 billion pounds of rice each year. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas produces more rice than any other state, and a new grant will help farmers explore ways to transition the industry to …

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers in charge of redistricting have approved a preliminary draft of new legislative boundaries, but voters' …

Social Issues

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A New Mexico legislator is optimistic a bill will pass in the 2022 session to prohibit life sentences for juveniles convicted of …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021