King’s Daughters’ considers patient safety a critical part of overall patient care. We participate in the 5 Million Lives Campaign and many other patient safety initiatives. Staff members are committed to following established guidelines … designed to ensure the safety of all patients—whether as an inpatient or outpatient.
Here are some of the key initiatives already in place at King’s Daughters’ Health:
- Accuracy of patient identification;
- Effectiveness of communication among caregivers;
- Safe use of medications;
- Safe use of infusion (IV) pumps;
- Reduce the risk of healthcare-acquired infections;
- Reconcile patient medications across the fullcontinuum of care;
- Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls.
Patient Safety also involves effective communication with patients and/or family members/caregivers. Talking directly with your physician and our staff helps ensure full understanding by both patient and caregiver. This communication improves safety.
Patient Safety Tips
S - Speak up if you have questions or concerns. If you still don't understand, ask again. It's your body and your health. You have a right to know.
P - Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Make sure you're getting the right treatments and medications by the right health care professionals. Don't assume anything. Notice whether your caregivers wash their hands. Make sure your doctor or nurse confirms your identity, checks your wristband, or asks your name before he or she administers any medications or treatments.
E - Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical tests you are undergoing, and your treatment plan.
A - Ask a trusted family member or friend to be involved.
K - Know what medications you take and why you take them.
U - Use a health care organization that has undergone rigorous on site evaluation against established, state-of-the-art quality and safety standards (KDH is accredited by HFAP - Health care Facilities Accreditation Program)
P - Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the health care team.