Saturday, 04 December 2021

Sutter Lakeside Hospital celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week

Jack Buell and Linnea Humble at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport, Calif., pose in hospital gowns in recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Sutter Lakeside Hospital celebrated Patient Safety Awareness Week this week, a time to remind hospital staff and leaders that everyone is a patient.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement developed Patient Safety Awareness Week to dedicate time and a platform to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public, according to their website.

“The only difference between us and our patients is a matter of circumstance,” said Dan Peterson, Chief Administrative Officer, Sutter Lakeside Hospital. “Patient Safety Awareness Week serves as a reminder that our patients are our neighbors, friends, coworkers and family. It’s our duty to continue putting patient safety at the forefront of care.”

Members of the management team wore hospital gowns and carried “I’m a patient too!” signs throughout the day Thursday as a way to spark discussion about patient safety with staff.

“We recognize the importance of providing safe care, and believe that a culture of safety begins with leadership,” said Peterson. “We encourage staff to speak up when they feel uncomfortable, and challenge the idea that authority exists in a hierarchy. Caring for patients safely is everyone’s responsibility.”

Safety initiatives range from training staff on communicating concerns to using bed alarms to alert nurses when a patient needs help. Metrics such as sepsis mortality rates, hospital-acquired infection rates, pressure ulcer counts and hand washing audits track the quality of care as it relates to patient safety.

“Quality metrics are determined by Sutter Health in accordance with the Joint Commission and federal regulations,” said Peterson. “Sutter Lakeside is graded on those metrics, and we have achieved full performance for over 36 consecutive months.”

Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health, recently recognized Sutter Lakeside as a top hospital in the system for quality and service in 2017 by awarding two presidential dashboard awards. The system award joins a list of recent accolades, such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ four star rating of the hospital’s quality metrics.

“We’re incredibly proud of our team’s achievements,” said Peterson. “Ultimately, it means that we’re taking great care of our patients.”

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