Each year, more than 100,000 people are injured by health care. Bringing that number to zero requires continuous quality improvement and focus on safety. Our Department strives to exceed the requirements of the Safer Heathcare Now initiative.
As a start, we have implemented all the relevant recommendations, as per the initiative, with a particular focus on ventilator-associated pneumonias and catheter bloodstream infections. As a result of simple maneuvers, such as head of the bed positioning and procedure carts, our nosocomial infection rate has fallen dramatically.
The Department cares for all its employees and works to reduce workplace injuries. Two important projects are the conversion to safer needles to reduce needlestick injuries, and the installation of lifts for patient mobility to reduce the chances of orthopedic injuries.