Mother’s Day Handwashing Part of Nursing Home Culture of Safety

Monday, May 11th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

The bottle of hand sanitizer at the visitors’ desk of my mother-in-law’s nursing home was larger than usual on Mother’s Day, to accommodate extra handwashing while the swine flu is still a threat. After swiping my visitor’s badge, I saw that a state inspection report was one of several documents posted on a hallway bulletin board. It probably would have gone unnoticed had I not received LifeCare’s tips to families searching for the right facilities for their older loved ones, issued for Nursing Homes Week May 10 – 16 and featured in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update. To uncover any potential deficiencies, LifeCare(R) recommends that families ask to see the most recent state-required survey or visit Medicare’s NursingHomeCompare site. Also, visit each facility twice—once at an appointed time and once unannounced—and take your loved one along with you.

Also this week, learn how potentially harmful medication discrepancies are reduced by nearly a third when a computerized application to record and track patients’ medications is used. We’ve heard this before: In Eight Steps to a Culture of Safety, Leanne Huminski, chief nursing officer of McLeod Regional Medical Center, shares the eight steps to creating a culture of safety that reduced adverse medical events at McLeod by 90 percent and greatly implified the medication reconciliation process.

Related Posts:

Comments are closed.