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

Sent:                               Thursday, October 4, 2018 10:13 AM

To:                                   Roggentien, Kristine B

Subject:                          Quest newsletter, Oct. 2018

 

Building stronger relationships with our patients in a way that doesn't add any time to patient encounters is central to our new Provider Communication Program. Providers: Please take a look at the details of this program below and consider registering. I have personally participated and found the experience invaluable.  

—Theresa Brennan, MD

Safety

Patient Safety Alert: Ciprofloxacin and feeding tubes

Ensure the correct route of administration

There have been several PSN events related to the inappropriate administration of liquid ciprofloxacin via a nasogastric or gastrostomy tube. In these cases, liquid ciprofloxacin was ordered to be given via the PO route of administration but was then administered via the feeding tube because the patient does not take anything by mouth.

Time to get your flu shot

The 2018 UI Health Care Employee and Volunteer Flu Campaign is on! Get your vaccine from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today or tomorrow in the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby (Elevator I, Level 1). Save time by logging into ReadySet at bit.ly/MyReadySet to complete your flu survey beforehand.

Quality and Safety Symposium, Nov. 14–15

Register now for the 6th Annual UI Hospitals & Clinics Quality and Safety Symposium, featuring special guest speaker Sorrel King. Abstracts for poster or oral presentations are due Wednesday, Oct. 15. 

Hand hygiene adherence

Quality

Documentation, coding, and billing department functions

Confused with all the questions you get from different departments on documentation, coding, and billing? Let us clarify.

Even after death, HIPAA still protects patient privacy

Did you know that under HIPAA, a patient’s right to privacy is protected for 50 years after their death? Unless directly involved in care, make sure you obtain consent from the next-of-kin or estate executor before accessing the EMR of a deceased patient.

Communication

Not only will this new section of Quest include stories about teams working on communication, we will also share tips and tricks for helping make communication easier.

Did you know? Using '%' in Smart Web

When in Smart Web, if you type the ‘%’ sign and part of the name you are looking for in the Group/Function Name field, all results with any part of that name will display.

Patient experience

Providers: Sign up for new communications program

This fall, we are offering the opportunity for providers to participate in our Provider Communication Program, designed to give techniques to build stronger relationships with your patients without adding time to the patient encounter.

Recognizing staff

In October, we observe Spiritual Care Week, as well as Health Literacy and National Medical Librarians Month. Take a moment to learn more about what these important services provide.

Recent patient comments

From, "His visit lifted my spirits" to, "tech kept saying med terms when patient didn’t understand."

Events

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