Safety and Quality

Safety and Quality Rap

Dr. Payne Safety Rap from Children's of Minnesota on Vimeo.

Safety and quality improvements are not all hard work, although most of it is. As part of the Ohio Children's Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety Collaborative, each participant was asked to prepare a video that furthered their efforts to improve safety. We were fortunate to have Safety Dawg, aka Don Brunnquell, write a rap song for us. Although it was all in light-hearted fun, the text carries some important messages. It is shown below. Feel free to sing along.

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Ketogenic diet and patient safety

Procedures designed to ensure the safety of a patient with a ketogenic diet are the subject of Sugar Coated — the latest "Reflections on Patient Safety." Please review the most recent installment of this important patient-safety tool that is designed to help close the loop on lessons learned from Focused Event Reviews.

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Abbreviations may lead to errors

Abbreviations used in medical record documentation can be confusing and lead to patient safety errors. Please fully type out all words when entering your documentation in the patient record. See examples of unacceptable abbreviations and how they can be confused, as well as correct documentation.

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Be aware of pressure ulcer risks

The most commonly reported adverse event remains a pressure ulcer and as more complex patients are admitted to the non-critical care units, the need to document secondary 'at risk' problems becomes more critical— as highlighted in the latest "Reflections on Patient Safety." Please review the most recent installment of this important patient-safety tool that is designed to help close the loop on lessons learned from Focused Event Reviews.

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Pediatric/Neonatal Emergency Medication Manual

A new Pediatric/Neonatal Emergency Medication Manual is now available to order from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

The Institute of Safe Medication Practices promotes strategies to reduce errors including promoting the detection and correction of errors before they reach a patient and cause harm. Use of cognitive aids, such as the "PALS algorithm card" and medication manuals with weight-based dosing assist in the management of various tasks during high stress events in an effort to decrease error. The Children's Medication Manual, with pediatric dosing on one side, and neonatal dosing on the other, is designed specifically for this purpose.

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