CT Center for Patient Safety
CT Center for Patient Safety Newsletter
June 2013
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The Safe Hospital Room
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The Safe Hospital Room
According to AARP, the Safe Hospital Roomshould include these  features include:

1. Double-sided linen closets, to allow staff to replenish supplies without entering patients' rooms, limiting the spread of infection and allowing rest
2. Bar codes on medications and wristbands, to avoid medication mixups
3. Two-bin supply systems, to have backup supplies available in an emergency
4. Hygiene stations near the patient's bed, to allow providers to wash their hands as close as possible to the patients' beds.
5. Door with a whiteboard, to facilitate communication between patients, providers and family members
6. Hand bars all around the bathroom to help patients move about safely
7. Bed alarms that alert nurses when a patient attempts to get out of bed
8. Disinfecting device that uses ultraviolet light to help prevent common hospital-acquired infections
9. Checklists, or sets of common guidelines for preventing or reducing infection from certain hospital procedures
10. Advanced ventilation systems to draw air from contagious patients' rooms and release it from the building
11. Smart pumps to precisely control the rates of fluids, medications, and nutrients delivered to a patient
12. Fall prevention kits, including color-coded nonslip socks, lap blanket and wristband to alert providers to a patient's need for help with mobility
13. Germ-resistant surfaces
14. Motion sensors in faucets that deliver a reminder to providers to wash their hands when they enter a room
15. Translation technology near a patient's bed
16. Real-time vital signs delivered to nurses' computers outside the patient's room  

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Dear Members,


I need your help.


Can you please give me an example of when a physician or a nurse "engaged" you? We are hearing a lot about patient engagement as a good thing but when you talk to providers they have few specific examples of when a patient engaged them or when they engaged a patient. We are participating in a lot of panels and workshops. Just like your stories of harm put a face on healthcare harm, your experience can provide a catalyst for patient engagement.


Checklist is the term of the year. It started with Dr. Peter Provonost and his work on improving infection rates thereby increasing quality and safety. Shouldn't patients also have checklists. Help me create a check list for patients going to a primary care doctor, a specialist, an ambulatory care center or a hospital and for the patient admitted to a nursing home or rehab center.


I look forward to hearing from you. [email protected]



Why Not the Best

New and Updated Data on

New and updated performance data comparing health care quality and safety, timely access to care, and patient experiences in hospitals and regions are now available on WhyNotTheBest.org. The new performance data, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), measure:
  • the incidence of surgical site infections from colon surgery;
  • the incidence of surgical site infections from abdominal hysterectomy;
  • the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections;
  • the percentage of patients who left a hospital's emergency department before being seen; and
  • the percentage of emergency department patients with stroke symptoms who received brain scans within 45 minutes of their arrival.
In addition, the following have been updated with the most recently available data from CMS Hospital Compare:
  • process-of-care measures for recommended heart attack care, heart failure care, pneumonia care, and surgery;
  • Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) measures of patient experiences;
  • the incidence of central-line bloodstream infections (CLABSIs); and
  • measures gauging hospitals' use of electronic medical records.
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The CTCPS website is a wonderful source of information for you and your family.  Click on the above link and take a look at our resource pages.  If you find anything that is missing, please let us know.  Hats off to Lisa Freeman who has worked diligently to bring you the most up to date news and access to unbiased, non conflicted sources of information that can better improve the safety and the quality of your care.

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