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Adventist Hinsdale Hospital earns an 'A' for patient safety

Published: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 8:28 a.m. CDT

HINSDALE – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital earned the highest grade possible – an “A” – from The Leapfrog Group, which has released a hospital safety score for more than 2,500 general hospitals across the country.

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s safety score is based on the levels of infections, injuries and medical and medication errors, according to a news release from Adventist Hinsdale.

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital has undertaken several programs focusing on patient safety. One area it has focused on is proper hand hygiene, making sure everyone keeps their hands clean while caring for patients at the hospital, to reduce the possibility of spreading germs, according to the release.

It has also worked on making sure patients and their families have the information they need to understand their care, specifically for patients on ventilators.

Hospital administration meets every weekday in a safety huddle, to discuss all safety issues and possible risks. The huddles are designed to heighten awareness about safety and resolve any problems that might arise in a timely manner.

Additionally, staff has received training on the importance of establishing a culture of safety.

For more information, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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