Pillars of Excellence Awards
Safety Pillar Winners
2017 Pillars of Excellence Award Winners
See the extraordinary work done by the 2017 Pillars of Excellence Award winners under the Safety Pillar.
Jill Limberg, Sharp Grossmont Hospital
As the leader of Sharp Grossmont's Choice of Sedation bundle, Jill worked to align hospital sedation practices with the Society of Critical Care Medicine guidelines. Under her direction, the intensive care units achieved a culture change in the approach to sedation of mechanically ventilated patients resulting in a 23 percent increase of patients never comatose during their ICU stay, and a decrease in average ventilator days from 6.2 to 3.7, the lowest in hospital history.
Combating Combative Injuries to Employees, Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Challenged with more Code Greens in the past year than all Sharp HealthCare facilities combined, the Sharp Grossmont Security Department, Safety Team and Nursing leaders collaborated to develop strategies to reduce the escalation of security events. Together they developed a thorough security screening exam for all entrants, a certification of staff in de-escalation techniques, and the creation of an assaultive patient algorithm to guide staff. Since implementation, combative patient recordable injuries have been reduced by 69 percent.
5 West Progressive Care Unit, Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Through a daily awareness and standardized interdisciplinary approach, this unit attained zero falls for 11 months, achieving outstanding patient safety standards as outlined by The Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Their process of 5 West 5 Checks, No Falls Protocol and CNA Change of Shift Start Times successfully prevented falls and fall-related injuries for patients with major cardiovascular co-morbidities.