quality and safety topics do you want to hear more about? We are
always looking for new ideas and fresh content. Send your
questions, ideas, or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org so together, we can
continue to enhance our patient safety practices and give every
patient the best experience, every time.
shortage of ampicillin/sulbactam – alternatives
There is a
critical shortage of ampicillin/sulbactam (Unasyn) nationwide, and
our current supply is low.
is an oral alternative; if oral therapy is possible, please
prescribe this when appropriate. If intravenous therapy is
needed, ceftriaxone plus metronidazole can be an option in most
cases, including surgical prophylaxis. Note: If you are seeking Enterococcus sp.
coverage, ceftriaxone will not provide this. Discuss alternatives
with your pharmacist or the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at
managers and medical directors are now receiving the UI Hospitals
& Clinics Daily Safety Brief via email, which includes selected
Patient Safety Net (PSN) incident reports submitted over the prior
implementation of ICD-10, there is an increased need to document
specific details related to many diagnoses, including adding
additional information for cases in which debridement is done.
We’ve compiled a few helpful hints to ensure the accurate clinical
coding of excisional debridement.
compliance: Santa’s not the only one watching . . .
wondered how HIPAA compliance is monitored? The Joint Office for
Compliance (JOC) uses tools like EMR access audits, FairWarning
Epic access monitoring, and privacy investigations. All
patients—regardless of whether you are an employee or outside patient—are
entitled to the same medical record protections.
at 4-8282 if you have questions or concerns about our privacy
was looking for a way to improve communication among care teams.
Patients were being assigned to resident teams, but nursing staff
and providers were not able to quickly identify which resident was
covering a particular role. The team experimented with adding
resident roles into Voalte and after seeing initial success, they
expanded the project and implemented roles for all
providers—with resounding success.
of the Patient Experience is staffed with four patient relations
specialists dedicated to assisting our patients and families when
they have concerns about the care provided while at UI Hospitals
& Clinics. Learn more about their roles.
positive comments this month to show our thanks: "We're
so thankful to the amazing NICU staff who cared for our baby girl.
She is our miracle," "So thankful my son was seen and
treated on the same day I called," and more.
See a full
list of UI Health Care holiday happenings, presented by the UI
Health Care Holiday Committee, Spiritual Services, Volunteer
Services, Project Art, and others.
for a program about how safety, quality, and connection create the
optimal patient experience. Morning and afternoon sessions will be
held on Tuesday, April 9; Wednesday, April 10; Tuesday, Sept. 24;
and Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Coralville Marriott.
- Welcome reception for new CEO Suresh
Gunasekaran, Tuesday, Dec. 11
- Get to know Suresh Gunasekaran at town
hall events, Monday, Dec. 17, in PBDB and Monday,
Jan. 7, at HSSB
- 11th Annual Faculty Women’s Symposium,
Friday, Feb. 8, 2019