Patient Safety

Strategies for Keeping Our Patients Safe


Patient Safety Is a Top Priority

We are committed to ensuring that each patient receives the safest care possible and make certain that:

  • All patient safety events are analyzed to identify problems and find solutions
  • Leaders make rounds with staff and patients to identify safety issues that need immediate attention
  • Problems and solutions are shared across our system so we can all can learn
  • Quality and patient safety are first on the agenda at our board and senior leadership meetings
  • We set an annual patient safety goal for which all leaders are responsible

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Accurate Patient Identification

Patient safety begins with making sure we provide the right care to the right patient every time. It starts with the registration process.

  • We purchased PatientSecure, a highly accurate hand-scanning device that reads a patient’s unique palm vein pattern; patients simply place their hand on the palm vein scanner and provide staff with their date of birth and the system will pull up their medical record

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Electronic Health Record

Sharp HealthCare is in the process of implementing an electronic health record in our hospitals and at Sharp Rees-Stealy clinics. An electronic health record offers many benefits including:

  • Access to complete patient records, as well as home and hospital medication lists
  • Electronic-generated prescriptions with automatic drug interaction checks
  • Readability of all entries
  • Real-time test results
  • Timely safety information

In addition, mySharp allows patients to see test results, send messages to their physician and even schedule appointments online.

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Partner With Patients for Safer Care

Patients and family are encouraged to speak up if they have a question or concern

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Prevent Infections

Keeping our patients free from infections is one of our highest priorities. Our practices to prevent infection include:

  • Hand washing before and after contact with each patient
  • Use of specially trained infection control nurses and physicians to monitor our hospital infection rates and track how well we are following our practices
  • Timely administration of recommended antibiotics to patients prior to surgery
  • Use of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on cleaning and sterilization of equipment
  • Use of recommended practices for wound care and care of hospital-placed lines and tubes

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Safe Medication Practices

Medication safety is key for all health care organizations. Sharp provides both staff and technological tools to manage this process safely, such as:

  • Electronic alerts, which provide physicians and staff with real-time safety information that helps prevent errors
  • Medication safety teams — made up of physicians, pharmacists and nurses—that help oversee the process and investigate ways to reduce risks
  • Medication safety technologies, such as “smart” infusion pumps, automated medication dispensing and bar coding
  • Monitoring every aspect of medication use — from buying the safest products to the safe administration of all drugs
  • Pharmacists provide expert consultation for physicians, staff and patients
  • Sharing of best practices for medication safety
  • Streamlined and standardized medication administration processes

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