From local reports
Marietta Memorial Hospital is recognizing National Patient Safety Week, celebrated March 6 to 12. MMH is benchmarking the patient safety standard in the Mid-Ohio Valley. As a two-year recipient of the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, Marietta Memorial Hospital ranks in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals in patient safety. MMH is one of only 17 in the state to sustain this quality recognition.
"Ensuring the highest level of patient safety is ingrained in what we do every day," says Memorial Health System president and CEO Scott Cantley. "Our patients and their families expect the best care delivered in a compassionate manner, and we work hard to meet that expectation. Our team of physicians, nurses, clinical staff and volunteers constantly look at patient safety and the processes that go into creating a safe patient experience."
Among several patient safety programs, Marietta Memorial Hospital highlights three of their initiatives:
Bedside Medication Verification - system that verifies the right patient, right medication, right time, right dose and right route.
Fall Prevention Initiative - utilization of bed alarm system accompanied with the use of red blanket and slippers to help staff recognize high fall risk patients.
Bedside Reporting - implemented in certain patient areas to increase communication during the hand off between nursing care shifts.