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Parents play a critical role in making hospital stays safe for their children.
(PRWEB) February 28, 2014
As National Patient Safety Awareness WeekNavigate Your Health safely kicks off next week (March 2 8, 2014), childrens hospitals around the country are affirming the critical role patient families play in making hospital stays as safe as possible for their children.
A national learning network of childrens hospitalsChildrens Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) and the Childrens Hospital Associationare collaborating to offer safety tips for families to follow when visiting the hospital with their child.
SPS is a network of hospitals who are teaching and learning from each other to provide the safest possible care in childrens hospitals across the country for every patient coming through our doors, said Michael Fisher, president and CEO, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, and chair of SPS. The family is the most critical part of a patients caregiving team, and there are things that families and patients can do to help us. So, we are encouraging patients and their families to follow some simple, yet potentially life-saving tips during National Patient Safety Awareness Week and each time that they visit a childrens hospital.
Through transparent sharing of data, successes, and learnings, SPS is working to achieve specific goals to reduce harm in pediatric hospitals across the country. Specifically, by year-end 2014, SPS hospitals will work to achieve a 40 percent reduction in certain hospital-acquired conditions; a 20 percent reduction in readmissions; and a 25 percent reduction in serious safety events. SPS began in Ohio in 2009 as a network of eight hospitals. It has now expanded to 78 hospitals across the country, all focused on reducing harm by addressing specific hospital acquired conditions and building a culture of safety within each hospital.
We applaud SPS for its groundbreaking effort to advance patient safety and for serving as an outstanding partner in our common efforts to develop sustainable solutions to deliver safer and cost-effective care for patients and families, said Mark Wietecha, president and CEO, Childrens Hospital Association. Childrens hospitals nationwide are committed to empowering patients and families to take charge of their own safety when in a health care setting."
Tips for patient families include the following:
1. Be a Patient Advocate for Your Child. Dont be shy. Ask questions about your childs care, raise safety concerns you have, or ask the caregiver to double check their chart before they act. Write down your questions to make sure the caregiver addresses them. You might say, Excuse me; I have a few questions before you start treatment, would you mind answering them, please?
2. You Know Your Child Best. Share unique things about your child with caregivers that may be important for your childs overall care (i.e. they have a fear of animals, or only like to eat food cut in small pieces).
3. Wash. Wash your hands and your childs hands when entering and leaving the hospital, your patient room, the bathroom and any treatment rooms (such as x-ray); and be sure to wash if you have handled any soiled material.
4. Ensure They Wash, Too. Since you are part of your childs health care team, do not be afraid to remind doctors and nurses about washing their hands before working with youeven if they are wearing gloves. You might say, Excuse me; I didnt see you wash your hands. Id like to be sure everyones hands are clean. Please wash them before caring for my child.
5. Stay Clean and Dry. If your child has an intravenous catheter or a wound, keep the skin around the dressing clean and dry, and let your caregiver know if the dressing gets wet or loose.
6. Watch for Red Or Irritated Skin. If you notice any new redness or irritation on your childs skin, notify your childs caregivers. Ask what steps can be taken to prevent harm to the skin.
7. Know the Meds. Ask for the names of the medications your child is receiving in the hospital and how it is expected to help your child. Caregivers will check your childs identification band before giving a medication to make certain the correct medication is being given. If you dont see this, ask staff to double check that the medication is for your child. You might say, Excuse me, that medication is not familiar to me. Can you please double check it against my childs chart?
8. Be Prepared When Going Home. When your child is ready to go home from the hospital, make certain you know what medications and/or treatments your child will need once home. Ask what you should watch for that will require a call to your childs doctor and which doctor to call if questions come up. Also, ask when your child will need to follow up with a physician appointment.
More information about pediatric patient safety is available at http://www.solutionsforpatientsafety.org. More information about the Childrens Hospital Association is available at http://www.childrenshospitals.net. The National Patient Safety Foundation has an online resource center with tips and tools for patients and their families available at: http://www.npsf.org/for-patients-consumers/tools-and-resources-for-patients-and-consumers/.
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