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​Patient Safety

Ensuring the safety of our patients the entire time they are in our care is a top priority at Yuma Regional Medical Center. This deep commitment to safety goes far beyond words. We constantly evaluate our processes and procedures and continually look for new practices we can implement to maximize our patients’ outcomes and help keep them safe.

Here are a few of the initiatives we’ve implemented to ensure patient safety:

  • Reduction in early elective deliveries – Our efforts to reduce early deliveries that are not medically necessary has been recognized with a Showcase in Excellence Award from the Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE).  According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, babies who are born before 39 weeks may not be as developed as those who are born after 39 weeks, and may be at increased risk of developing short-term and long-term health problems such as breathing or feeding difficulties, hearing or vision problems or learning or behavioral problems.
  • Reduction in hospital-acquired pressure ulcers – SWAE has also recognized Yuma Regional Medical Center for our process to prevent hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, an important hospital-wide initiative led by our nursing staff and Quality Department.
  • Implementation of an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system – We have implemented a state-of-the-art Electronic Health Records system throughout the hospital to ensure that every member of a patient’s care team has instant access to the vital healthcare information and records they need to provide the highest level of care.
  • Medication scanning at the patient’s bedside – Before our nurses administer a patient’s medication, they scan the bar codes on the medication and on the patient’s hospital bracelet to confirm that it is the correct medication for that patient.
  • Use of smart IV pumps – We utilize the latest advances in infusion technology when administering IVs to reduce the potential for medication errors and to ensure that the patient receives the proper dose of fluids and medications and that they are administered properly.
  • The automation of our pharmacy – Our inpatient pharmacy department takes an evidence-based approach to improving patient care and ranks in the top one percent in automation in the country. Intravenous and other sterile medications are prepared in a advanced, specially-certified room, and our overall goal is for our patients to receive the optimal, safe and cost-effective medication therapies they need.

 

If you’d like to learn more about our efforts to reduce patient harm across the board, we encourage you to watch a brief, five-minute video case study about Yuma Regional Medical Center posted by the Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence program of the American Hospital Association.

 

We also invite you to be our partner in safety.

The very best health care is achieved when patients work closely together with the members of their healthcare team. There are a few simple steps you can take to contribute to this process and help keep yourself safe:
  1. Feel free to ask questions and/or to discuss any concerns you may have with your physician or another caregiver. Encourage your family members to do the same.
  2. Provide as much information as you can about your medical history, any medications or supplements you’re taking or allergies you have.
  3. Give your care team the names and numbers of your regular physicians and pharmacies so they can work together to coordinate your care.
  4. Make sure you get the results of any tests you undergo. If you don’t receive them by the time you think you should have, don’t be afraid to ask about them.
  5. Give someone close to you Healthcare Power of Attorney so they can make any necessary medical decisions should you become incapacitated for any reason.
  6. Help keep yourself safe while you’re in the hospital. Ask a caregiver to assist you when going to the bathroom to prevent falls, wash your hands often and remind your visitors to do so, and help your caregivers check your identification band each time you’re given medications or another form of treatment.

 

If you have any questions about our commitment to patient safety at Yuma Regional Medical Center, please call 928-336-7586.

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