November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have one or more seizures that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but often the cause is completely unknown. The word "epilepsy" does not indicate anything about the cause of the person's seizures or their severity. One in twenty-six people in the United States will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.
The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Volunteer Services department recently celebrated Halloween with their annual costume party. Over 20 volunteers attended and had a “terror”ific time with good food, spooky music and lots of freights. Costumes were judged by Nate Shinagawa, Nikki Wasielewski and Dawn Jayne.
You can now purchase an ornament or light to remember or recognize someone special in your life at any of the four Guthrie hospitals. Each hospital will also be hosting a special Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Beginning on Nov. 6, hospitalized patients (inpatients and outpatients) at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Guthrie Corning Hospital and Guthrie Troy Community Hospital will wear redesigned patient ID wristbands to enhance their safety. The new bands allow staff members to scan patient's identification code when administering blood products. This evidence-based process is a welcome addition to our practice.
Guthrie has signed a rose for the 2017 Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Marie Droege, President, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, met with representatives from Donate Life to dedicate a rose vial which will feature on the float’s rose garden which includes contributions from hospital systems across the nation. The signature represents Guthrie’s commitment to fostering organ donation.
RL Solutions is the incident management system that employees at Guthrie use to report occurrences such as injuries, errors, and other events that require investigation. A new feature has recently been added to the Lab/Specimen section to allow point of care testing (POCT) issues to be easily identified and tracked. This feature will help ensure day-to-day consistency of results and provide a means to validate test performance.
This Sunday, Nov. 6, Daylight Savings Time ends for 2016. This means that at 2 a.m. all clocks will be set back to 1 a.m. In Epic this calls for special attention for any data entered during the second 1-2 a.m. period. Click here to view the process that should be followed during this time in order to accurately capture data in Epic. Please take note that the interfaces from data validate will be turned off during the second 1-2 a.m.
The GE Centricity (IDX) computer system will be down on Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 12:45 a.m. for a duration of three hours. The purpose of this downtime is to change the time on the GE(IDX) computers back to Eastern Standard Time. The time change will occur during the downtime. All GE(IDX) applications and Cerner Bloodbank will be unavailable.
The Epic - EMR system which depends on the GE(IDX) system for ADT information will remain up but will have special down time procedures to update the ADT information manually.