Lakeview earns patient safety honor

Stillwater hospital one of three groups recognized by MAPS

ST. PAUL — Lakeview Hospital’s immunization education efforts earned the Stillwater-based facility one of three 2012 Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety awards for significant and lasting contributions to improving patient safety.

The other two award winners were Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for their process or system improvements that made the environment of care safer and the Minnesota Hospital Association for its work to help spread patient safety best practices throughout the state.

The awards recognize innovative patient safety efforts in three categories that support MAPS’ goals to provide care that is: safe from avoidable harm; coordinated across transitions; provided in an environment where patients are knowledgeable and active participants in their care, and delivered in a transparent and safe culture.

Lakeview Hospital won the Patient/Family Engagement Award for its just-in-time education for patients and parents on the benefits of the Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and expanding Tdap vaccinations to family members along with screening and vaccinating postpartum mothers.

Pertussis (whooping cough) cases are rising across the nation and it can be particularly harmful for newborns and infants. Acknowledging fears around vaccination and explaining the science that unseats those fears while communicating the facts in an emotionally engaging way has led to a significant increase in family members, especially new dads and grandparents, choosing to be vaccinated against Pertussis.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul earned the Process/System Innovation Award for efforts to make medication administration safer for patients by implementing a bar code medication administration.

The Children’s system is unique in that it includes not just pills, shots and drops, but also intravenous medications and infusions, which no other pediatric hospital has done.

Since no vendor offered a system for pediatrics that allowed for this, Children’s worked with its electronic medical record vendor and its infusion pumps vendor to apply bar code medication administration to pediatric infusion therapy resulting in the most comprehensive application of bar code medication administration in pediatrics in the nation.

As a result, Children’s was able to identify and prevent 234 medication errors in one month on one unit, many of which might have never been known without the bar code medication administration tracking and validation tools. Furthermore, the first unit to implement the system has reduced adverse drug events with harm by half.

The Minnesota Hospital Association in St. Paul earned the Dissemination/Spread Innovation Award for its call to action framework in which hospitals statewide have been working to implement an infrastructure and topic-specific patient care best practices.

The road maps and tool kits have led to nearly 100 percent implementation of evidence-based best practices across the top reported adverse health events and have led to an ongoing opportunity for learning and improvement in the prevention of falls, pressure ulcers, wrong-site surgery and retained objects in labor and delivery and the operating room.

The organizations were honored in front of nearly 400 hospital representatives, health care practitioners and patient advocates during the alliance’s Oct. 26 biennial conference.