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Patient Safety

Nurse with mother and daughter

To decrease the potential for infection/contamination:

  • Hand washing sinks in every
    room as well as hand sanitizers placed throughout the facility
  • Having all private rooms
    reduces contact with other patients and their germs
  • Decontamination rooms that
    allow for steamlined handling of infectious/contaminated patients
  • Outpatient departments located
    closest to the entrance decreases the amount of unnecessary traffic
    through inpatient areas
  • On stage – off stage concept
    significantly decreases cross traffic among patients, staff and supplies,
    and the public

To provide overall improved safety:

  • State-of-the-art access
    control system, fire alarm system, and infant security system that communicate
    to a central command center

To reduce the potential for falls:

  • Handrails in many hallways and
    other areas
  • Heated sidewalks at main
    public entrances
  • Floor patterning in patient
    rooms designed to minimize contrasts for visually impaired and elderly

To promote standardization of care
to all patients:

  • All rooms designed the same -
    equipment in same location, etc.
  • Standardization of nurse call
    system throughout the hospital

To promote safe patient handling:

  • Over-the-bed lift devices in
    several rooms
  • Use of tile instead of
    carpeting to reduce push/pull effort when transporting patients

To decrease time in responding to
patient needs:

  • Use of Vocera communication
    devices

To promote the health and
well-being of patients, staff, visitors, others:

  • Non-smoking campus
  • Increased indoor air quality
    through low-emitting materials and increased ventilation rates

To promote patient-centered care:

  • Family/visitor accommodations
    encourage the presence of a patient advocate – family takes an active role
    in care process

To promote ease of access:

  • Adjacency to M-6 expressway
    increases access to patients
  • Outpatient departments located
    closest to the entrance decreases the amount of unnecessary traffic
    through inpatient areas
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