Quality and Safety

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Safety Circle is having a safety poster contest that is open to all Guthrie employees. The contest theme is "You see something, you say something." To enter, draw a picture showing a potential safety hazard and/or how to report it. The poster should be 8 1/2" x 11" and the deadline for submissions is Nov. 1. Entries can be mailed to Kevin VanHorn in the Safety and Security team at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Employees participating in the Service Excellence Academy spend two fun-filled, information-packed days learning about the critical role they play in improving the patient experience. The Academy kicks off with an overview of Guthrie's mission, vision, and values, as well as the goals around our pillars of People, Service, Quality, Finance and Growth. An interactive session on how employees can help move our patient experience from ordinary to extraordinary follows, including a segment on what is expected of employees who are in patient-facing roles.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Samsung recently announced a recall and exchange program on certain Galaxy Note 7 devices due to a risk of explosion. In order to keep our staff and patients safe, please note that staff members who have Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones should not bring them to work until they have been serviced under the recall.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Safety Circle is having a safety poster contest which is open to all Guthrie employees. The contest theme is "You see something, you say something". To enter, draw a picture showing a potential safety hazard and/or how to report it. The poster should be 8 1/2" x 11" and the deadline for submissions is Nov. 1. Entries can be mailed to Kevin VanHorn in the Safety and Security team at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.

Friday, September 23, 2016

A needle stick is one on-the-job injury that is likely to occur in a health care environment. Although proper safety precautions can help prevent needle sticks, it is important to be aware of how to handle them in case one does occur. Take a look at the policy for Needle Sticks to be sure you know what to do if you experience one.

Sep 09, 2016

Compliance 360 is the system that Guthrie uses to store policies from across the organization. A recent upgrade to the system in August has enhanced the search feature to help employees easily find Guthrie policies. Check out this video explaining the changes to Compliance 360. Click here to view it behind the Guthrie firewall. Click here to view it on YouTube.

Friday, September 2, 2016

With the cooler mornings, and darker nights, autumn just around the corner. And as we prepare for the seasons to change, Guthrie is also readying for its annual fight against the flu. We will soon be starting our annual mandatory flu shot program for all employees. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is taking nominations for their annual “I Am Patient Safety” poster contest. This contest helps to recognize individuals who work in health care in Pennsylvania who have made a personal commitment to patient safety. Winners of the competition, which is taking place state-wide, will be featured on a poster campaign, as well as receiving recognition from the Pennsylvania Safety Authority Board of Directors. Last year, a Guthrie nurse, Bonnie Morris was named as one of the statewide winners!

Friday, August 12, 2016

A new system for tracking prescriptions of controlled substances will launch on Aug. 25 in Pennsylvania. The PA Department of Health’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) will require all providers to check the online database if the prescriber is prescribing a controlled substance for the first time or suspects abuse. The system is designed as a tool to help providers and pharmacists track their patients’ controlled substance prescriptions and prevent abuse of these drugs. It is similar to the I-STOP program previously enacted in New York.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Three weeks ago, a fire occurred in an office on the fifth floor of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. Staff carried out a safe evacuation of all patients in the area, and the fire was extinguished by a sprinkler head in the room. 

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