patient safety, quality, and service excellence updates from the Chief
Safety warning: drainage tubes and suction machines in the O.R.
received staff questions about attaching a chest-tube drainage system to
a Dornoch suction machine to evacuate the tubes prior to attaching the
usual drainage system. Recent safety statements from the FDA and vacuum
manufactures detailed the potential for causing hemorrhage and soft
tissue, muscle, and vital organ damage—which can lead to serious injury
or death. There have been at least 2 patient deaths attributed to such a
mishap. With this in mind, we
should NOT attach high-flow/high-suction machines in the operating room
to a patient drain. These devices are solely for evacuating fluid,
gas, and smoke from the surgical field.
Hand hygiene adherence
3 to 9
10 to 16
17 to 23
24 to 30
Office of The
List of new
patient education materials on the Patient Education SharePoint site
Excellence training will be Sept. 14 and 15
from patients about listening and explaining, both positive and “missed
refresher: the concerned coworker
So my coworker, who is also a close friend, just
got admitted to the hospital. Can I look at his or her medical record out
of concern? Short
Documenting respiratory failure
UI Hospitals and Clinics respiratory
failure documentation guideline is available to assist caregivers
with their documentation so that the medical record displays an accurate
clinical picture of the patient’s hospital stay.
UI Health Care
exceeded the $703,500,000 fundraising goal as part of the University of
Iowa’s “For Iowa.
Forever More.” philanthropic campaign.
with CultureVision: Diagnosis, organ donation, and LGBTQ terms
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