Patient Safety Awareness Week at ICON Hospital
Last week, we took time each day to educate and remind all staff members the importance of patient safety. Our administration team, along with outside vendors, all played a huge role in the success of our safety fair, in-services, web casts, and dress up days!! Special thanks to Captain Lonnie Cantwell of the New Caney Fire Department and Lori Moran of Custom Medical for their participation!
Events for the week:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Safety Fair with breakfast provided.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Safety Fair with lunch provided by Custom Medical.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Web Cast, Safety Fair, and lunch.
Safety Fair and snacks.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Wear purple shirts and yellow socks day.
Helpful tips to stay safe as a patient:
As we strive everyday to stay prepared and concerned for patient safety, there are many ways that you the patient can be prepared and stay ahead of the game. Here are the top ten suggestions from the CDC on how to be a safe patient when it comes to healthcare-associated infections (HAI).
- Speak up. Talk to your physician about any worries you may have and ask them what they are doing to help protect you.
- Keep hands clean. Remind your friends and loved ones to wash their hands every time they enter or leave your room. Also, if you notice a healthcare worker in your room that failed to do so, ask them to.
- Ask if you still need your catheter or central line. When left in place too long, the chances of infection increase greatly. Look for signs of redness, along with wet or dirty bandages.
- Check with your healthcare worker beforehand to be sure any needles, syringes, or vials are new and not reused.
- Inform your physician of any medications you are taking to avoid interactions and always check dosing before administered.
- Take all of your antibiotics as prescribed and do not share with anyone.
- Prepare for surgery by speaking with your physician on how you can prevent surgical infections.
- Watch out for C-Diff (Clostridium difficile). Let you doctor know if you have severe diarrhea, especially if you are also taking an antibiotic.
- Know the signs and symptoms of infection. It often comes with fever so let your doctor know when these symptoms arise.
- Get your flu shot. Protect yourself against the flu and other complications by getting vaccinated.
ICON Hospital has expertise in several clinical programs: Complex Pulmonary, Wound Management, Infectious Disease and Multi-System Medically Complex.
For more information about our services or to make a referral please contact our Admissions Coordinator and referral line at 281-883-5508.
ICON Hospital provides medical care services to the following areas Humble, Kingwood, Cleveland, Porter, New Caney, Splendora, Livingston, Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, Crosby, Huffman, Dayton, Liberty, and Houston. We are available for any LTAC patients from other surrounding cities or states.