First National Patient Safety Contest Awards Four Hospitals for Achieving Improved Patient Safety Outcomes

Precision Dynamics Corporation and Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare Magazine Recognize Hospitals for Innovation and Results in Nation's First Patient Safety Contest

SAN FERNANDO, CA - Four hospitals have received national recognition for their progress in reducing medical errors and improving patient outcomes in the nation's first patient safety contest. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare magazine (PSQH) and Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC), the leading provider of patient safety identification solutions, launched the contest in March, 2008 as part of an initiative to support hospitals that are taking innovative measures to address the alarming number of patients affected by preventable medical errors.

With as many as 1 in 10 U.S. patients injured and 100,000 dying every year as the result of preventable medical errors, the contest focused on finding and recognizing those hospitals that are achieving measurable results in improving patient safety outcomes. "The contest offered a unique opportunity to see how hospitals are improving patient safety," said Susan Carr, editor of PSQH. "They are employing a combination of approaches, including advanced technologies, communication techniques, and staff support and training to address this challenging and complex issue."

An independent judging panel selected the following winning hospital success stories, based on how each facility used innovative products and processes to prevent medical errors and improve patient safety.

Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado, was the grand prize winner, receiving a donation of $10,000 from PDC to its foundation. It implemented a new bar code technology system focused on reducing medication administration errors. The new system enabled nurses to receive and share up-to-the-minute information on patients' medication through handheld devices that connected wirelessly to the center's pharmacy. Since launching the new system, Parkview has reduced errors associated with medication administration from 20 percent to 8 percent. It also has invested in continuing education and administrative support for the program, and recently became an alpha site for an initiative aimed at achieving similar results for patient lab tests.

In addition to Parkview Medical Center, the following hospitals were recognized for their patient safety initiatives, and will receive $1,000 each of PDC products.

-- Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, was part of a pioneering group of Pennsylvania hospitals that standardized color-coded wristbands to identify unique patient situations, such as "do not resuscitate" and "no blood transfusions." By implementing a system where hospitals throughout the state use the same colors to identify the same patient conditions, Holy Spirit has reduced the risk of confusion and errors across Pennsylvania.
-- Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, instituted system-wide
improvements to increase medication infusion safety. The Center invested in
new smart pump technology and involved its nurses, pharmacists, prescribing
clinicians and the vendor in creating a custom library that established
dosing limits for each infusion drug as well as clinical practice changes
to support its utilization. Their efforts have resulted in a 100% decrease
in infusion-related medication issues.

-- UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, developed a
new, standardized model for transporting patients from their hospital beds
to other departments for diagnostic tests and procedures. The program has
significantly decreased the number of hand-off events, as well as increased
patient satisfaction.

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