Patient and Staff Safety: A Priority at NWHJanuary 26, 2017
In the fall of 2016, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) received a fourth consecutive ‘A’ grade for patient safety from the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, which rates hospitals on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
As part of a commitment to patient and staff safety, NWH held safety days on January 12th and 13th for all staff.
Staff-led activity tables included Fire Safety, Infection Prevention, Life Safety/Environment of Care, National Patient Safety Goals, Crisis Prevention Intervention, Codes, Falls/Safe Patient Handling, Chappaqua Crossing Services, Staff Safety Injury Prevention, Ergonomics, Emergency Preparedness, Documentation, and even a visit from the Northwell Health Safety Bus to demonstrate safe patient handling.
Safety is a priority at Northern Westchester Hospital. NWH’s Safe Patient Handling (SPH) Committee is focused on reducing the risk of staff injuries while promoting safe transfers and mobility for patients. The committee, made up of nurses, physical therapists, patient care associates and transporters addresses policy, education, lift equipment, injury review and the return to work process.
NWH believes that training and education are critical to the success of a Safe Patient Handling Program, especially training on proper patient handling and use of specialized equipment. In addition to education opportunities at Safety Day, NWH has a team of staff who champion the Safe Patient Handling Program to ensure that staff receives ongoing education and ensures that safety standards and protocols are being followed on each unit.
Hospitals with successful safe patient handling programs have found many long-term benefits of a safe patient handling program including a reduction in both patient and staff injuries, an increase in mobility and overall better patient care and satisfaction.
As highlighted at Safety Day, NWH continues to go above and beyond to surpass the safety standards found within most US hospitals.
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