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Greenwich Hospital Earns an "A" in Patient Safety Rankings
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Greenwich Hospital Earns an “A” in Patient Safety Rankings
GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich Hospital has been named one of the four safest hospitals in Connecticut by a national patient advocacy group.
The hospital received an “A” on safety issues in a ranking system known as the “Hospital Safety Score” released by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The Hospital Safety Score gives hospitals a letter grade from A to F based on their performance on 26 publicly available hospital safety measures. The measures used to determine the grades include rate of infections, falls, medical and medication errors, complications and other factors, in addition to adhering to safety practices, such as electronic prescriptions and physician orders, proper staffing levels and hand hygiene.
According to Stephen Jones, MD, chief safety officer at Greenwich Hospital, the stellar grade “reaffirms that the journey we started three years ago to become the safest hospital possible is succeeding.” Dr. Jones said a “culture of safety that permeates every level of the organization has enabled Greenwich Hospital to become a statewide leader.”
“Every hospital employee – from the chief executive officer to our caregivers at the bedside to those individuals who work behind the scenes – is responsible for keeping patients safe,” he added. “Everyone here feels empowered to make a difference and do the right thing when it comes to patient safety.”
Guiding the Leapfrog Group effort was a nine-member Blue Ribbon Panel comprised of the nation’s leading patient safety experts. The rankings included 2,652 hospitals nationwide. The scores are intended to help consumers make informed decisions when choosing a hospital, Leapfrog Group officials said.
About 100,000 Americans die every year from preventable errors in hospitals, reports the Department of Health and Human Services. Greenwich Hospital focuses on best medical and nursing practices – methods scientifically proven to yield the best patient outcomes – that enhance patient safety. These include:
• A single electronic medical record that enables the entire healthcare team to easily access critical and up-do-date patient information
• Continuous quality improvement initiatives to identify opportunities for change
• Evidence-based methods to maintain an infection-free environment, including hand hygiene protocols, standardized procedures for inserting and maintaining invasive devices, administering antibiotics before some types of surgery, and mobilizing patients soon after surgery
• An innovative cleaning program to sanitize all equipment and surfaces throughout the hospital
• Procedures for sterilizing surgical and procedural instruments that exceed industry standards
• Special patient lifting equipment and frequent “comfort rounds” by nurses and nursing assistants to prevent falls
• Electronic medication prescriptions and a computerized physician order entry system to reduce medication errors
• Medication safety technology, including a bedside verification system using barcode technology combined with an electronic medication administration record that lists all of the medicines ordered for a patient
At Greenwich Hospital, some 130 employee “safety champions” continuously promote safe practices in clinical and nonclinical settings. A leadership team conducts weekly visits to discuss safety initiatives with physicians, nurses and other employees throughout the hospital. The “Safest Hospital” committee meets regularly to discuss patient safety issues and recommendations.
“We want every hospital to receive an ‘A’ grade,” said Dr. Jones, adding that the patient safety ranking “was not a competition. This is about creating an environment where patients everywhere are safe. Greenwich Hospital is certainly proud to be setting the bar for patient safety.”
For more information about the Hospital Safety Score, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
A story for our times. A French company manufactures Breast Implants. Despite concerns about the company raised by the FDA in 2000 and published work in the USA in 2006 and then later concerns communicated to the MHRA in 2010, the implants continue to be approved in the UK and used by Private and NHS Surgeons alike. In 2012. they are withdrawn by the British Authorities after the French close the company down. It turns out that since 2001, the company has used industrial grade instead of medical grade silicone in its implants. That's the easy part.
Now comes the confusing part. The British Regulatory Authorities and Advisory Panels state that the implants do not need to be removed unless causing problems and if they do, it is the moral responsibility of the Private Physicians to remove and replace them. The Government and some professional bodies, blames the private medical industry for deceptive advertising and for preying on unsuspecting gullible women. Presumably the NHS was doing the same thing?
Now the British Parliament, supported by some professional associations, comes to the conclusion that the main problem is that false advertising encourages women to have a body dysmorphic disorder and that all women considering breast implants should have a mental health evaluation first. So the problem is that a bad company makes bad implants and the solution is that women having breast augmentation need a psychiatric evaluation.
The analogy would be that every time a major car company has a recall for a manufacturing defect, they would insist that drivers attend driving school and suggest that they stop driving. Perhaps, undergo a course of psychotherapy to cure them of the urge to drive? This would apply only to women drivers who are known anecdotally to be notoriously bad. Women who buy a faulty car in the first place, cannot then be trusted to be on the roads in any responsible capacity. Women across the country support this position wholeheartedly and line up to dispose of their cars. They burn their driving licenses publicly whilst demonstrating in front of car factories. They broadcast the evil manner in which these businesses advertise and prey on the insecurities of women creating in them a desire to drive; an artificial desire created solely by the media and the car manufacturers.
After women are banned from driving, it transpires that the accident and death rate on the roads increase and that men are actually far worse at driving. The Statistics bear this out annually. The facts are ignored. This is just a story. Any relationship to real individuals or events is unintentional and coincidental.
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Emme Kenny, psychologist, expert opinions based on non-existent science
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Once again an 'Expert' gives opinions and cites scientific studies. On BBC3 Documentary "Are my Fake Breasts Safe" aired on 21 May 2012, Emma Kenny references the Plastic Surgery scientific literature. She says that the benefits of breast augmentation are short lived psychologically, the desire to have breasts implants is a response to external pressures and that patients have psychoneuroses which distinguish them from other women. Also states that for one fifth of the cost, a course of psychological counselling will 'correct' a woman's desire to have breast augmentation. In fact, the scientific literature (detailed and referenced in the previous Blog entry), says the opposite. Where is her evidence to support her claims? Sad that the BBC will air this without checking facts.
Does it have to be your boobs or your brains? Why do some women such as Emma Kenny, suggest that the desire to have breast implants implies a lack of intelligence and that it is inconsistent with feminism? What is feminism? Are breasts implants inconsistent with wanting to feel like a woman?
Bra fillets are suggested as the alternative to implants. Gemma interviews the very first breast implant recipient who still has her original implants, whilst mentioning that there is a necessity to change implants every 10 years. The whole tone is negative and ignores the 10.5 million women worldwide with breast implants. I doubt that Emma Kenny's claims of the efficacy of psychological counselling and the underlying psychopathology of the recipients will gain any traction in the well educated and well informed patient population who research the issue thoroughly. Hopefully, they will also read this blog. I invite Ms. Kenny to post her scientific references, to which she refers, on her own Blog and to publicise them on TV.
The reported incidence of increased suicide levels are evaluated as follows:
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