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Conduct a clean sweep to identify outdated ‘Patient Rights’ posters

As the Accreditation team works to correct the “Patient Rights” posters throughout the hospital, you can help by conducting a clean sweep in your area. Along with the posters with incorrect email addresses discovered during the mock survey, additional out-of-date posters have been found throughout the hospital as well. It’s important that these posters be replaced to ensure we are compaiant with regulations from The Joint Commission.

If you see one of the incorrect posters described in the Nov. 2 Daily Briefing, pick up a label at one of the designated areas this week or contact Accreditation at ext. 62019. If you have an outdated poster in your area (pictured, below), let Accreditation know and they will provide you with a replacement poster.

Save the date: Dallas town halls

Six town halls will be held at the Dallas campus Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Thursday, Nov. 29. Hear from Children’s leaders about hospital financials, progress with our 2012 goals and patient satisfaction results. Town halls are also a great opportunity to ask questions about current initiatives such as just culture, work redesign and more. Mark your calendars to attend one of the town halls…

Standardized care helps IBD patients

U.S. News & World Report recognized our Gastroenterology (GI) program as one of the best in the nation once again this year. One of the many ways our GI program stands out is through our participation in Improve Care Now, a collaboration of more than 40 centers in the U.S. and United Kingdom working to standardize care for inflammatory bowel diseae (IBD).

Ashish Patel, M.D., the attending physician in our GI clinic, has been involved in the collaborative effort since 2006. He believes the care guidelines are good for Children’s and life-changing for our patients. View ChildNet to read more.

the web

Health care-associated infection (HAI) data are available to the public on the Texas Department of State Health Services website. The first report will be available by the end of this week. Publishing these reports allows consumers to view and compare infection rates at various hospitals, and ultimately, will improve quality of care. If families ask you about this report, communicate what you know about our efforts to reduce HAI rates by implementing standard “bundled practices,” auditing how consistently these practices are followed and determining when changes may be needed.

Read more on this subject from Jane Siegel, M.D., medical director of Infection Prevention and Control, and Kim Newman, director, Infection Prevention and Control on ChildNet. If you have any questions about this reporting system or specific data, call Infection Prevention and Control, ext. 62369, and speak with an infection prevention specialis, or page Dr. Siegel.

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