Patient Safety

Editor’s Note: CLICK HERE to see the full policy and read a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  Protection from illness-causing germs is important for everyone – parents and staff – at Cincinnati Children’s, both during the cold winter months and › Continue Reading

Beginning August 4th, friends and family visiting patients in Location A or B on our Burnet Campus will be asked to provide identification as part of our new visiting policy. If you’re a parent or guardian, you will receive a › Continue Reading

A 10-year old boy has been rushed to the hospital after falling in a river while playing with his friends. He goes into cardiac arrest secondary to the near-drowning. He is fading fast, doctors and nurses must work together to save his › Continue Reading

This week (March 3-9) is National Patient Safety Awareness Week. Patient safety is priority number one at Cincinnati Children’s every day of the year, but you, our patient families, also play a critical role in making hospital stays as safe › Continue Reading

Ask just about anyone at Cincinnati Children’s what is most important and you’re likely to get the same answer – safety! There is nothing that we do that is more important than providing a safe environment for our patients and › Continue Reading

One of the defining elements of our culture at Cincinnati Children’s is a nearly fanatical focus on safety. While we’re proud of our record and the expertise we’ve developed over the years, we also believe we can learn from others. › Continue Reading

The July Effect

A couple of weeks ago, we noticed an article, “Hospitals really can be deadlier in July, study shows.” One study shows that medication errors skyrocket in July, the month after med school graduations, and thus the first month that › Continue Reading

We’re pleased to write that today the right person has been appointed head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and will be thrust into the middle of the efforts to reshape health care in the United States. Pediatrician Donald › Continue Reading

Health care is risky business.  And while checklists, as advocated by Dr. Atul Gawande in his book The Checklist Manifesto, are a good start in reducing medical errors, they aren’t enough. The overall mortality rate in pediatric cardiac surgery nationally › Continue Reading

There was a time that when the feds talked about quality in terms of Medicare and Medicaid, they were referring to fraud. If you weren’t stealing, you ran a quality program. Times have changed, thankfully. It’s still wrong to steal, › Continue Reading

Dozens of speakers at the NACHRI spring meeting, Creating Connections, are engaging representatives from children’s hospitals and related institutions in a vigorous dialogue this week on topics from quality and safety to health care reform, transparency, working in partnership and, › Continue Reading

“It’s OK to ask.” That’s the message of a Greater Cincinnati Health Council-backed campaign to promote patient safety. The idea is that health care providers want patients to be more proactive in their dealings with doctors, nurses and other caregivers. › Continue Reading

Atul Gawande’s recently released book, The Checklist Manifesto, caught our attention last week as Dr. Gawande was making the media rounds. We’re clearly not in the business of reviewing books (but here’s one courtesy of the New York Times, if › Continue Reading

Something very significant happened early Sunday morning at Cincinnati Children’s. Something the patients and their families didn’t even notice. But something that was a major step toward making their care safer and more effective. The techies among us call it › Continue Reading

A Quality New Year

The Ohio Department of Health started off the New Year on the right foot by launching a consumer-friendly website allowing people to compare quality (and eventually pricing) data of Ohio hospitals.  The ODH’s new Ohio Hospital Compare website went live › Continue Reading

Are our politicians ignoring moms in the health care debate? According to a new survey from the blog “Why Moms Rule,” women at least feel that way. Women are responsible for most health care decisions (92 percent of their own; › Continue Reading

In this space recently, Dr. Steve (our safety officer, Steve Muething, MD) wrote about our patient safety journey. He did so by reminding us at the Tuesday morning Grand Rounds that we are not perfect, but that we’re making progress › Continue Reading

What a day!

Today’s a special day in Cincinnati, even though most people in our fair city don’t know it. Today is James M. Anderson Day, as proclaimed by our mayor, Mark Mallory. It is so named to mark the accomplishments, and to › Continue Reading

Standing in front of an auditorium full of bright-eyed (given the early-morning hour, that is) medical residents and other doctors today delivering Grand Rounds, I wanted to convey to them that they’re in a special place. The title of the › Continue Reading

People sometimes ask, “What’s the one big thing you do to create a culture of safety at your medical center?” There isn’t one, I say. Building a culture of safety seems to be a combination of a few big things › Continue Reading