Hospital Spotlight: Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque
Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa has worked to eliminate all ventilator associated pneumonia's (VAPs) by using VAP Prevention Teams and best practice guidelines. Gwen M. Hesselman, B.S. R. R.T, Director of Respiratory Care Services at Mercy Medical Center, has shared Mercy's story of implementation:
"In 2006, Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa had a Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) rate of 2.9/1000 ventilator days. At that time, we did not have a defined process to prevent VAPs and we subsequently watched our VAP rate climb to 13.6/1000 vent days in 2007."
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Critical Access Hospitals - CUSP 4 MVP-VAP
What is CUSP 4 MVP-VAP? It is the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program for Mechanically Ventilated Patients - Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (CUSP 4 MVP-VAP). The goal of the program is to improve patient safety and reduce harm associated with mechanical ventilation.
Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has recently announced that a new cohort, cohort 2, for the CUSP 4 MVP-VAP will begin in January 2015 .
They are asking Critical Access Hospitals to participate!
Interested in participating or need more information about the program? Please contact Jennifer Brockman at firstname.lastname@example.org
by December 16, 2014
December 10, 2014
: "CMS and AHIMA ICD-10 Clinical Documentation Improvement" webinar. This webinar will review clinical documentation practices for ICD-10. For more information click this link
January 15, 2015
: IHC Patient Safety Award Nominations Due. Please nominate today! The process is easy! For more information about the Patient Safety Award click here.
March 11 - 12, 2015
: "A Matter of Balance - Managing Concerns about Falling: Master Trainer Course." You must apply to participate in this program. Applications are due by January 9, 2015. For more information please contact Mark Hanson
from the Iowa Area Agencies