Quality and Safety

Friday, November 25, 2016

Staff asked for an easier way to enter events into the RL Solutions Incident Report System. In response to this request, a "Quick Form" will soon be available. This form will save time by reducing the number of mandatory fields required to enter an event. This quick form may be used for any type event, and the process is simple and easy to use.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the poster contest recently held by the Safety Circle at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. The contest was open to all Guthrie employees and the theme was, "You see something, you say something." Mike Buffone, Clinical Data Analyst won first place with this entry . Lezley Gehman from the Lab won second place with this entry.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Employees must receive their flu shot before Dec. 1 or they will be unscheduled from work beginning  Dec. 2.  If you have not yet obtained your mandatory annual flu shot as part of the employee flu shot program, please click here to check the schedule of flu shot clinics to find the remaining available flu shot times. More than 60% of employees have already received their shot, but there are still many who need to get it. If you have not yet, please take a moment to get your flu shot.

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 14-20 is designated Get Smart About Antibiotics Week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, 50% of antibiotics prescriptions are unnecessary or inappropriate. Using antibiotics inappropriately has risks for the patient and contributes to the rise of antibiotic resistant infections, which are dangerous and potentially deadly.

Nov 18, 2016

Guthrie has now entered the NY Health Information Exchange (HIE) by participating in the HealthlinkNY exchange.

Friday, November 11, 2016

If you have not yet obtained your mandatory annual flu shot as part of the employee flu shot program, please click here to check the schedule of flu shot clinics to find a location and date that works for you. Please note that the last scheduled date in Troy will be Nov. 17. More than 60% of employees have already received their shot, but there are still many who need to get it. If you have not yet, please take a moment to get your flu shot.

Friday, November 11, 2016

On Nov. 14 beginning at 8 a.m., Information Services will be implementing the Epic Blood Administration module along with the new blood bank system, called SoftBank. The Blood Administration module will assist in matching patients with ordered blood products from Epic and blood product information from the SoftBank system. 

Nov 04, 2016

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. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

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.

Friday, November 4, 2016

If you have not yet obtained your mandatory annual flu shot as part of the employee flu shot program, please click here to check the schedule of flu shot clinics to find a location and date that works for you.

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