Your Hospital Safety Checklists
Prevent Superbug Infections
One out of every 25 patients will pick up an infection in the hospital. These can be deadly and cause about 100,000 needless deaths every year.
The most common infections are MRSA (pronounced “mur-SAH”), VRE and CRKP, also known as “superbugs.” Superbug germs thrive on any surface:
- Skin: Hands, especially
- Fabric: Uniforms, drapes, purses
- Hard surfaces: Hospital furniture, medical instruments, doorknobs, elevator buttons, TV remotes, call buttons, tray tables
Superbug infections are dangerous and not easy to cure. Usually, they require strong drugs.
PREVENTION is literally in your hands. The #1 way to prevent an infection is through hand washing! No one should ever touch a patient without washing their hands first. (That includes docs and nurses — speak up if they forget!)
Use this checklist to help you keep your loved one safe from super germs that cause super bad infections.
Prevent Sepsis Infections
When patients need several liquid medications, a good “tool of the trade” is a central line.
A hub, placed under the patient’s skin near a large vein, allows fluids to get into the patient’s blood stream for fast, efficient delivery. Unfortunately, this super-highway for good meds can also be used by very bad germs.
The key to preventing blood stream infections — which can lead to deadly sepsis — is a 100% germ free installation and 100% germ-free maintenance.
Help make sure that tools of the trade include super attention to super clean practices.
Prevent Falls and Fractures
No one wants to be this guy!
“Guy” went into the hospital for a simple torn rotator cuff repair — too much tennis! Being such an active person, he decided to ignore the nurses’ instructions to ask for help when he needed to get out of bed. Woozy from the anesthesia, and unfamiliar with the room, Guy tripped on his IV pole trying to get to the bathroom on his own.
Falls are a risk for all patients, not just the young and cocky, but also the old and infirmed — and everyone in between.
As your loved one’s Care Partner, don’t fall down on the job! Use our quick checklist to help your loved one go home fracture-free.
Prevent Blood Clots
Dangerous and deadly blood clots afflict more than 40,000 people every year.
Hospitalized patients are especially at risk because of long bed rest and little activity. They are also more likely to have had a recent heart attack, or given birth, or had some sort of injury to the lower body, which increase the risk of blood clotting.
If a blood clot travels to the lungs, it can cause a blockage — known as a pulmonary embolism (PE) or lung clot — a third of all lung clots cause death.
The good news is that blood clots are usually preventable: special elastic stockings, “pulsing boots” and medications to thin the blood are effective.
Bring CampaignZERO’s checklist with simple to-dos so you will know how to work with the nurses and doctors to help make sure your loved one doesn’t suffer a deadly clot.
Prevent Medication Mistakes
Medication mix-ups are way more common than you might think — despite all the checks and balances in hospital systems. The Institute of Medicine estimates preventable medication errors cause upwards of 9,000 deaths every year in hospitals. Not all medication mix-ups are fatal, but they can cause harm.
How do they happen?
- Sound-alike names (e.g. Celebrex and Cerebyx)
- Unknown patient allergies
- Taking medications at the wrong time
- Taking medications (or eating foods) that “don’t get along”
Imagine you are supposed to receive 1.0 milligrams of a drug and a clerical or math error causes the pharmacist to deliver 10 milligrams instead. Details matter — but they are easy to check. It just takes a bit of extra time and focus.
Follow this simple checklist to prevent medication mix-ups from harming your loved one in the hospital and at home.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the most common hospital-acquired bacterial infection among patients.
According to the latest research, many hospitals still do not monitor catheter duration despite the fact that every day a patient is fitted with a urinary catheter, the likelihood of acquiring an infection significantly increases.
Studies also reveal that 25% of patients receive a urinary catheter at some point during their hospital stay and up to 50% of these are placed unnecessarily.
Help make sure your loved one doesn’t suffer a urinary tract infection in the hospital — share and follow this simple checklist!
Prevent Ventilator Pneumonia
Most cases of pneumonia developed in the hospital are among patients who need a breathing tube (ventilator) which becomes contaminated with bacteria — it’s known as “ventilator-associated pneumonia,” or VAP.
One little thing you can do will help in a big way! Make sure your loved one’s mattress is angled at 30-45 degrees so fluids won’t pool in the lungs. Small discomfort for big rewards — pneumonia is life-threatening.
Prevent Bed Sores
A staggering 60,000 patients die from complications from bed sores each and every year — yet 95% of them are preventable.
Bed sores, also known as pressure wounds or ulcers, are caused by constant pressure or friction on skin, especially in bony areas that normally have limited circulation — or in folds of fat where moisture can accumulate.
You can make a difference! Thousands of lives could be saved every year just by following these simple prevention steps.
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Health care has never been smarter — or more complicated.
In most hospitals, the medical staff is stretched to care for many patients at once. Even in the best hospitals, patients’ family and friends must be prepared to pitch in to sweat small details that add up to safe care.
CampaignZERO checklists fill you in on those details so you’ll know…
- What to look for
- What to say
- What to do
- When to get a nurse or doctor because your loved one may be failing
Use CampaignZERO’s checklists to help PREVENT your loved one from suffering common hospital hazards that claim 400,000 lives every year.