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April 29, 2014- DMC Hospitals Receive “A” grades in Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

DMC Hospitals Receive “A” grades in Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

 

Detroit Medical Center (DMC)

hospitals DMC Harper/Hutzel, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai, DMC Detroit Receiving and DMC Sinai-Grace received the top grade from one of the nation’s leading patient safety advocacy organizations.  The hospitals each received an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score rating system is designed to give consumers information they can use to make the best health care decisions for themselves or a loved one.

“We are proud of the recent “A” grades all our adult DMC hospitals received, as we believe this recognizes our commitment to providing safe, quality health care to our patients,” said DMC CEO Joe Mullany. "We are committed to continually monitoring and improving the care we provide. Patient safety is the top focus for us--one that requires diligence with every patient, every day.”

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

"The DMC has adopted key processes across all our facilities that reflect innovative best practices in preventing safety events and medical errors," said DMC Chief Medical Officer Suzanne White, M.D. "The Leapfrog recognition acknowledges our daily commitment to being a high reliability organization. We know that patients die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals, and we aspire to deliver care with zero harm. At DMC, we protect our patients by ensuring that our processes are standardized, our diagnoses are accurate, and our communication is clear. Our advanced EMR helps us know real-time where to focus our efforts. We are a learning organization and are always seeking better ways to deliver safer, more timely care."


DMC continues its prominence in patient safety, with all four adult hospitals scoring A's in the Spring 2014 Leapfrog ranking

The Detroit Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer joined together Tuesday to send congratulations and appreciation to everyone at DMC, after all four adult care DMC hospitals earned A's for Patient Safety in scores just released today by The Leapfrog Group. This is the sixth year DMC hospitals have been honored with top grades.

The A grades mean that DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University/Hutzel Women's Hospital, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital excel nationally in protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

"The DMC has adopted key processes across all our facilities that reflect innovative best practices in preventing safety events and medical errors," said DMC Chief Medical Officer Suzanne White, M.D. "The Leapfrog recognition acknowledges our daily commitment to being a high reliability organization. We know that patients die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals, and we aspire to deliver care with zero harm," she said.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.

Patient Safety is fast becoming the top measure of quality and excellence in the industry's standard of healthcare.

"To have earned top honors for six years in a row shows the commitment and expertise of our physicians and staff, and should reassure patients and families that everything we do is focused on giving them the best care," said DMC CEO Joe Mullany. "Patient safety is the top focus for us--one that requires diligence with every patient, every day. This is what we strive for at DMC and throughout the Tenet Healthcare system."

The Leapfrog patient safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. See the Complete List of Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

 


WHAT IS H1N1 INFLUENZA?
H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease that is caused by a type A influenza virus. The current H1N1 virus contains unique genes from pig and human influenza viruses and hence is called the “Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus”. This strain of flu germ spreads from human to human and can cause illness.



Does H1N1 INFLUENZA pose special risks for pregnant women?
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of catching H1N1 or seasonal flu. Pregnant patients with H1N1 infection have an increased risk of complications. Although influenza viruses do not infect the baby while in the uterus, the high fever and any complications caused by the flu can potentially be harmful to the baby.



WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY UNBORN BABY?
The best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to have a vaccination (which is safe during pregnancy). You should also make sure you follow good hygiene practices including:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF H1N1 INFLUENZA?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include acute onset of:

  • Fever (greater than 100 F or 37.8 C)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.


WILL THE SYMPTOMS BE THE SAME IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, the symptoms of flu will be the same as in women who are not pregnant.




WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Treat any fever right away. Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is the best treatment of fever in pregnancy.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids.
  • Your doctor may test you for flu or will decide if you need medications to treat the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and cleanse your hands.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rub.
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Get emergency medical care right away if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, purple or blue lips or skin, severe vomiting and are dehydrated and/or dizzy, unresponsive or confused.


IS IT OK TO BREAST FEED MY BABY IF I AM SICK?

  • Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. This will help protect your baby from infection.
  • Be careful not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face, wash your hands often.
  • Your doctor might ask you to wear a mask to keep from spreading this new virus to your baby.
  • If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.


IS THERE A VACCINE FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA?
Yes, an H1N1 virus vaccine is expected to be available in mid- to late October 2009. The CDC recommends this vaccine for pregnant women when it first becomes available. This vaccine has been tested in pregnant women and found to be safe and effective.


REMEMBER: The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the H1N1 flu, therefore individuals are encouraged to get both types of vaccines.

 

 

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