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Safety is more than a pair of socks

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  • Written By: Felicia Messimer
Safety is more than a pair of socks

If you're hospitalized or need care in the emergency department or one of Campbell County Medical Group's clinics, you expect the experience to be safe and mistake-free. Campbell County Health actively works to keep patients safe by reducing the risk of falls, medication mistakes and readmission to the hospital.

Safety is more than a pair of socks Fewer FallsFewer Falls
Patient falls are one of the most frustrating safety issues facing hospitals across the nation, and at Campbell County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) we are working toward creating no fall zones and are using gripper socks to help make patient mobility safer. For 2017, the fall rate currently sits at 2.1 per 1,000 patient days, compared to 4 per 1,000 patient days in 2016. Using the restroom is the primary reason a fall occurs, so CCMH nurses and CNA’s simply don’t leave patients alone during this time. The bed exit-alarm is also connected to the nurse call system so if a patient tries to get up the nurses’ station is immediately notified.

At CCH, safety is more than Bedside Medication Verification Bedside Medication Verification
Medication errors can have tragic consequences for patients. At CCMH this is supported with an additional safety measure called bedside bar code medication administration (BCMA) that is networked to the electronic medical record, Pyxis MedStation. When giving medications at CCMH, a nurse scans a bar code on a patient’s wristband to confirm that the patient is the right patient. The nurse then scans a bar code on the medicine to verify that it is the right medication, at the right dose, given at the right time by the right route. Alerts occur if retrieving incorrect medication or incorrect dosing is attempted.

At CCH safety means Patient Follow-up after DischargePatient Follow-up after Discharge
CCMH and The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center use a care management approach for patient discharges. This means a team of nurses and social workers work in tandem to match the needs of patients’ with the appropriate services. Using this approach helps patients stay on their path of recovery and keeps them from being readmitted to the hospital. From January to June 2017, CCMH admitted 1,745 patients, and of those 618 had care management consultations completed in an effort to prevent the patient from returning for hospitalization.

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