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Reducing Medication Errors
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s healthcare system), nearly 700,000 emergency room visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year are due to adverse drug events.
An adverse drug event is defined as harm to any degree experienced by a patient due to a medication and can affect nearly 5 percent of all hospitalized patients. The Food and Drug Administration reports that there are approximately 1.25 million medication errors each year in the U.S.
Helping Children to Cope with Trauma
Child life specialists traditionally work in hospitals, but the field has grown to include support for children in a variety of settings.Child life specialists also provide support for traumatic events through the coordination of programs offered through non-profit agencies and through some chapters of the American Red Cross.
CCC is like coming home
About a dozen Comprehensive Care Center employees have a funny nickname for themselves: Boomerangs. It’s not because of some affinity for the rotating hunting tool often associated with Australia. Instead, It’s a term of endearment, bestowed upon the staff who have worked for months or years at the CCC skilled nursing facility and left for some time before being lured back. They came back for a number of reasons — better hours, closer to family, career advancement. But one reason unites them all: they simply love working at the CCC.
Giving the CCC a Makeover
Members of the Lompoc Hospital Foundation are actively raising money to help give the 110-bed Comprehensive Care Center a major makeover. The foundation, now more than a year into its capital campaign, has raised approximately $500,000 toward the much-anticipated renovation project. Foundation President Alice Milligan is reaching out into the community to urge donations to the $2 million campaign, noting that most of the rooms have not been remodeled since the building opened more than 40 years ago.
Checking In on Patients
On weekdays at LVMC, a small cluster of key staff responsible for the patient's care walk into every patient’s room in the Medical Surgical, Critical Care and at times the Alternative Birthing units. Led by each patient’s primary nurse, the group circles the patient’s bed. Most are holding clipboards with check-off sheets, and go into the rooms with a specific purpose. This effort is known as Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounding, or SIBR, and has been a practice since last October.