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Safety Case Studies

Local hospitals are featured

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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In an effort to enhance patient safety, the California Hospital Association (CHA) has produced a video and other materials for its new patient safety website: Several local hospitals are featured as case studies.

White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, which has implemented strategies for preventing pressure ulcers garnered from Johns Hopkins University and which have led to a reduction of pressure ulcers by 85 percent.

Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley for its program to eliminate infections in the neonatal unit. Kathi Salley Randall, RN, explains how the unit reduced infections dramatically for infants suffering from central line infections.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, which experienced a reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections well below the national benchmark.

Providence St. Joseph in Burbank for reducing patient falls by instituting risk assessment using the Morse Fall Scale and establishing a Call! Don’t Fall program that resulted in a 42 percent reduction in falls.

According to C. Duane Dauner, the president and CEO of CHA, said “every hospital is working to eliminate preventable infection, but it is a shared responsibility — involving doctors, nurses, hospital employees, patients and visitors alike.”

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