HMC celebrates patient safety week

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

 

Photo: Some members of Hamilton Medical Center’s Patient Safety Team are picture. From left are Lisa Defore, lab manager; Lesa Stancill, Home Health clinical program coordinator; Terri Holden, clinical manager; Kristina Daly, Wound and Hyperbaric Center clinical manager; Davida Sanders, Accreditation and Medical Staff Services Information Manager; Bo Callaway, Home Health and Hospice director; Brenda Guinn, risk management and patient safety coordinator; and Ann Abernathy, accreditation coordinator and data analyst.

DALTON, Ga. (March 17, 2016) – Patient Safety Team members at Hamilton Medical Center are always looking to ensure safety for patients.  In recognition of Patient Safety Week, March 13 to 19, team members have been highlighting safety initiatives.

“We feel that every day is ‘Patient Safety Day,’” said Brenda Guinn, RN, risk management and patient safety coordinator. “We work very hard to keep our patients safe.”

Some of the patient safety initiatives include:

• Reducing risk of falls – using The Joint Commission Targeted Solutions Tool

• Reducing medicine errors – proper labeling, recording and communicating, and medication reconciliation

• Identifying patients correctly – using at least two ways to identify patients

• Preventing mistakes in surgery – marking the surgery area on the patient and pausing before surgery to make sure it is the correct patient, correct procedure and correct site.

• Using alarms safely – making sure alarms on medical equipment are heard and responded to timely

• Improving staff communication – getting important test results to the right staff person on time

• Preventing infection – using proper hand hygiene and proven infection prevention guidelines

• Identifying patient safety risk – Taking precautions with patients who are most likely to try to commit suicide

• Promoting an internal safety hotline – for associates to share all safety concerns.

Patient Safety Team members include: Ann Abernathy, accreditation coordinator and data analyst; Mike Allen, director of Emergency Services and Critical Care; Cathy Barbree, Pharmacy clinical director; Lynette Bennett, chest pain coordinator; Judean Bowling, Surgical Services director; Cindy Breeden, Imaging nurse; Terri Brown, Medical Services director; Justin Burgett, clinical resource nurse; Bo Callaway, Home Health and Hospice director; Matt Carpenter, Surgical Services clinical manager; Kristina Daly, Wound and Hyperbaric Center clinical manager; Lisa Defore, lab manager; Cindy Dixon, Wound and Hyperbaric Center director; Melinda Edgeman, Women’s Services director; Ernie Elemento, vice president; Cathy Ferguson, vice president and chief nursing officer; Robin Green, Clinical Development director; Brenda Guinn, risk management and patient safety coordinator; Sherry Hillis, Infection Prevention director; Holden, Terri, clinical manager; Rebecca Jackson, clinical manager; Mary Kendrick, Diabetes and Nutrition Center director; Cynthia Kernea, clinical manager; Darwyn Lawson, biomedical equipment manager; Laurie Marsh, Materials Management director; Sandy McKenzie, executive vice president and chief operating officer; Kyle Parton, clinical resource nurse; Beth Pipkin, respiratory manager; Tiffany Rentfro, clinical data systems coordinator; Steve Rohn, chief medical officer; Sarah Russell, medical librarian; Brandy Salazar, clinical resource nurse; Davida Sanders, accreditation and Medical Staff Services information manager; Lesa Stancill, Home Health clinical program coordinator; Mike Stein, Westcott Behavioral Health director; Jerry Tatum, Public Safety director; Vicki White, clinical quality projects coordinator; and Shana Whiteford, Hamilton Regional Cancer Institute director.