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Center for Nursing Excellence eNewsletter  April 2013 

 

In This Issue:

The CKHS Nursing Strategic Plan: A Message from Robert Haffey

One of the most satisfying aspects of working in health care is the immediate payoff that can occur when change is made. Take, for example, the introduction of the Medication Administration Checking (MAK) system at CKHS as a means of providing additional safety checks during the medical administration process. Within one week of its launch, the system identified four scan errors which could have led to adverse events and patient harm. More>

Crozer Incorporates Pasero Score into MAK

Opioids are a treatment cornerstone when it comes to managing pain in hospitals, but there are a number of serious risks that can accompany their use. To address one of these risks, all Crozer-Keystone hospitals are now using the Pasero Opioid-Induced Sedation Scale to help screen patients for opioid-induced respiratory depression. More>

Improving Emergency Room Patient Flow

Nurses were instrumental in developing and implementing the process of providing quick and easy access to emergency care for patients with minor, non life-threatening injuries or illnesses through the new "fast track" or "express care" approaches in all four of CKHS’ Emergency Departments. More>

Easing Transitions from Hospital to Home

Through a two-year grant project, Crozer-Keystone hospitals are focusing on transition care for patients 65 and older. More>

STABLE Program Delivers Huge Benefits to Ill Newborns

Routine checks of an ill newborn's vital signs can stop a downward health spiral in its tracks. That’s why nurses and others who have direct contact with these young patients are now being trained in the STABLE educational program. More>

Improving Communications Over the Air

CKHS home care/hospice nurses can now access a patient’s Crozer-Keystone Health Network medical record while on the road, says Jane Hanahan, MHA, BSN, RN, administrative director of Home Care/Hospice. This helps ensure that a patient receives prompt and appropriate nursing care that could prevent re-hospitalization. More>

Participating in a National Study to Develop Nurse-Sensitive Indicators of Pain Care

On the frontlines of patient care, nurses are keenly aware of the importance of effective pain management in their patients, and how patients perceive their experience of care. More>

Participating in a National Study with Implications for Preventing SIDS 

Last year, DCMH was chosen as one of 36 inpatient obstetric facilities in the U.S. to participate with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health’s StoneCenter for Epidemiology (SEC) and the Yale University School of Medicine’s nationally-funded study of attitudes and factors affecting new mothers’ infant care practices. More>