From:                              Chief Medical Officer <cmo@uiowa.edu>

Sent:                               Thursday, December 07, 2017 10:15 AM

To:                                   Roggentien, Kristine B

Subject:                          Quest newsletter, Dec. 2017

 

Enjoy the moment! Take some tips from the patient experience section below to practice mindfulness during what can be a stressful time of year. Not only will you feel better, but those around you may, too. Also see a list of holiday happenings at UI Hospitals and Clinics to enjoy this month. 

Safety

Patient safety alert

Closed loop communication to prevent harm: Always communicate back to the ordering provider.

PSN training

If you are new to the Patient Safety Net (PSN) system or need a refresher, attend one of our regular training sessions. They are held from 1 to 2 p.m. the third Friday and fourth Wednesday of each month in room 1107, Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 1). To sign up or ask questions, email qualityandsafety@uiowa.edu or call the PSN Help Line at 319-467-6543.

Hand hygiene adherence

It’s worth your time: 20 seconds to save lives. 

Quality

May I access my own medical record?

UI Hospitals and Clinics uses FairWarning software to monitor whose medical records employees are accessing. Read some tips on what you can and can't do when accessing records.  

Process mapping: the super tool for making improvements

Superheroes can do magical things that ordinary people cannot. In Lean, pictures and visualization are powerful communication tools—they’re your super tools.

Documenting obesity

Many of our patients with morbid obesity not only have comorbidities more often, they can also increase the workload for care providers. It is vital for providers to accurately document this condition and if it is being evaluated (including dietary consult), monitored, or treated.

Patient experience

Mindfulness during the holidays

Use these mindfulness tips for yourself, or share with your patients—for a more enjoyable holiday season for you and those around you. 

Spiritual and Interpreting Services update

Take advantage of our Meditation Rooms and attend a variety of holiday and religious events this month. 

Recent patient comments about listening

From “Always feel staff and doctor are truly listening" to “They didn’t listen to me!!!”

Events

In case you missed it

I wish you and yours a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season with family and friends, no matter what your celebration may be. And don't forget to send us your questions, ideas, or feedback on any of these topics to cmo@uiowa.edu.