PATIENT SAFETY…AN ONGOING PRIORITY

PATIENT SAFETY…AN ONGOING PRIORITY

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Nancy Miller and Carla Nelson

Nancy Miller and Carla Nelson

Approximately eighteen months ago, Nancy Miller RN, Manager of Quality Assessment and Medical Staff Services, and Carla Nelson RN, Manager of Surgery, participated in initial discussions with the Medical Society of Sedgwick County and other local hospitals to collaborate throughout the city of Wichita in developing surgical and procedural “time-outs” in order to promote patient safety. Nancy Miller stated that, “Dr. Randall Morgan, a local Ob-Gyn surgeon, observed different safety–like protocols and noted inconsistencies throughout the various Wichita hospitals making it difficult for physicians to comply since they routinely operated at multiple surgical facilities throughout the city. He championed the concept of safety and wanted to make “time-outs” standardized throughout the city.” Kansas Heart Hospital, which had previously received the prestigious Eisenberg Award in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Wichita collaborative for its work on acute myocardial Infarction and congestive heart failure, whole-heartedly supported Dr. Randall’s proposals.

“For the past eighteen months,” Carla Nelson stated, “we have been continuously performing surgical “time-outs” at Kansas Heart before all of our surgeries. We make certain that the right patient, the right surgical site, the right surgeon and the right procedure is identified and checked-off before starting any surgeries.”

In October, 2013 the Medical Society of Sedgwick Country renewed and resurrected its initial efforts. “Kansas Heart welcomes Via Christi, Wesley and other hospitals in the Wichita area in pursuing safety in the operating room as well as throughout the hospital,” commented Dr. Gregory Duick, President and Chairman of Kansas Heart.

The ability to find common ground and cooperation amongst the various Wichita hospitals is noteworthy and provides a platform not only for city-wide safety measures but, possibly, future collaborative projects as well. Patients are the “big winners” and rightly so when doctors and hospitals work together.

You can view the Surgical Time Out Overview video in our video gallery.