Healthcare Safety Article Review: “Are You Safe?”

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I recently came across this article from U.S. News & World Report answering the question, “Are You Safe?” in a hospital. The article gave an in depth look at how hospitals in large metropolitan areas are protecting your safety as a patient, visitor, or staff member. Read below for an overview of this article and how we think it plays into overall healthcare safety. Read More

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

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Locating a Missing Patient at Your Hospital

It’s a normal day at your hospital, when you hear there is a patient missing from their assigned room, what do you do? Any missing person is a red flag, but the risk is even higher when a patient is missing from their hospital room. They are at risk of harm to themselves, others, not receiving their medications, and worrying their families. Today we are going to give you some procedures which should be part of your missing patient protocols in your hospital or smaller healthcare facility. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk at Your Hospital

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Hospital Fire Hazards

Fire Hazards, Compliance, Training, & Mass Disaster

Hospitals must take a different approach to mitigating continuous risk. Their approach must be continuous, on a cycle that has no end: continuous training, continuous drills, continuous dialogue, etc. Although there are many risks and many facets to each risk a hospital faces, some of the most popular are fire hazards, compliance, training, and mass disaster. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk: Mass Disaster

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Prepare Early for an Efficient Response

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Hospitals’ risk and concerns differ from most other facilities and accept many people in the event of a mass disaster in their community. Natural disasters, chemical releases, large car accidents and other situations like active shooters and terrorist attacks are all cause for concern, and are scenarios hospitals must prepare for.

Natural disasters and weather are out of our control, but they can carry serious risk not only to infrastructure, but also public health. When these scenarios arise, hospitals must be prepared to accept patients, possibly many that are injured from the disaster. Since the weather patterns and seasons are predictable to a degree, we can assume there may be injuries from hurricanes from June to November, but earthquakes can be harder to predict and injuries from these may be in the hundreds. This is when up-to-date training comes in. Up-to-date training means hospital staff are better prepared to treat and respond because they are trained on the latest protocols and have the information fresh in their mind, enabling them to cope and respond in a more efficient manner. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk at Your Hospital: Training

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Training is arguably the most critical component to mitigate risk at your hospital. Timely training reduces the amount of safety related incidents and creates a safer facility for not only patients, but staff as well. Whether it be a slip, trip or fall concern, or reducing illness for staff, training will help to mitigate most risks. Training is knowledge and knowledge is power, power over your safety and security concerns. Read More

Mitigate Risk at Your Hospital with Compliance

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Consistency & Efficiency for Facility Compliance

Compliance. A well-known word to those who work in the medical field. According to Merriam-Webster, compliance is, “the act or process of doing what you have been asked or ordered to do.” Many organizations require compliance for hospitals, such as OSHA, The Joint Commission, and others. It can become difficult for hospitals to juggle these requirements and continually meet them. Today we want to help by offering some tips on how you can manage compliance needs and schedules at your hospital. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk at Hospitals Series

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Fire Hazards & Reducing Risk

Hospitals and healthcare facilities are one of many places with continuous risks, meaning safety and security must be well planned and up-to-date. Fire hazards are one of the many hazards and concerns we will talk about this week during our series, “Mitigating Continuous Risk at Your Hospital.” Fire hazards are one aspect that can be easily maintained, thus reducing the risk involved. But the only way to make that possible is to stay on top of certain aspects that cause the most concern to a hospital. Click through to see how these 6 areas of concern can be mitigated to reduce fire risk. Read More

Rapid Responder Meets Your Healthcare Facilities Joint Commission Requirements

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Get the Most Out Of Your Accreditation with Rapid Responder

The healthcare industry has many standards and requirements to meet, the most well-known and comprehensive being the Joint Commission Standards. “The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Their accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects commitment to meeting certain performance standards.” The standards can be difficult to meet on your own, but Rapid Responder helps your healthcare facility meet a variety of them. Today we want to give you 6 specific Joint Commission Standards that Rapid Responder meets for your medical center: Read More

Hospital Safety With Effective Design

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Building a Safer Hospital

Wet floor sign for hospital safetyHealthcare facilities, especially hospitals are seeing the increased need for more security, but they still want to keep an aesthetically pleasing environment for their patients and visitors. Architects and others are working to figure out how security can be optimized for increased hospital safety, while still offering a peaceful environment. Today we want to give you some best practices on how you can boost safety and security in your healthcare facility through effective design. Read More

Improve Patient Information Security at Your Hospital

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information securitySimple Tips on Keeping Patient Information Safe from Theft

Having security over personal information at a hospital is critical to mitigating risk and legal action. The Identity Theft Resource Center conducted a survey and drew the conclusion that, “medical-related identity theft accounted for 43 percent of all identity thefts reported in the United States in 2013.” This is a staggering statistic and a topic to be proactive against in your hospital. Today we want to give you some tips to ensure patient information is secure and avoid medical identity theft from becoming a growing issue. Read More