ELIH is committed to patient safety. Safe patient care requires constant dedication and a commitment to excellence. Continued performance improvement processes help the CARE Team set goals and establish “best practices” to promote a culture of safety.
Best Practices - Core measures and established protocols ensure optimum care for every patient. ELIH has experienced a lower incidence of post-operative infections as well as healthcare associated urinary tract infections and central line associated bacteremias.
Successful Initiatives include:
Electronic Medication Administration Record (EMAR) – Computerized technology is incorporated into daily care to prevent one of the most common medical mistakes, medication errors.
With a scanning device that reads the bar code on the patient’s ID band and the dispensed medication, information is recorded at bedside, reinforcing the “seven rights” of medication administration:
- The right medication
- To the right person
- The right dose
- At the right time
- On the right route
- For the right reason
- With the right documentation
Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) – Electronic orders by physicians further prevent misinterpretation of handwritten orders to ensure the accuracy of prescribed treatments and reduce medical error. The system also delivers reminders, best practices, and automatic alerts about potentially harmful drug interactions or allergies.
Color coded wristbands – Standardized colors can reduce medical error by quickly identifying at risk patients and prevent unintentional injury, such as falls and allergic reactions. The colored band communicates a particular risk factor to every staff member involved in the patient’s care.