Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte received a Quest of Excellence award Thursday, the Nebraska Hospital Association announced. The Fremont Area Medical Center was also honored.
The award showcases exemplary and reproducible models of patient care to the rest of the health care community.
This was the ninth year for the award, designed to recognize and reward hospitals for quality improvements.
GPRMC was recognized for the successful implementation of a process to reduce medication administration errors using technology.
GPRMC has implemented medication barcode scanning, which has improved patient safety by reducing the number of medication administration errors occurring in our facility, the med center said.
"Decreasing medication errors and increasing scanning compliance rates show that this change is sustainable and has been hardwired into the workflow of the nursing staff. This initiative is an excellent example of GPRMC’s mission to provide the kind of health care we would want for our families, in partnership with those we serve,” GPRMC said.
“One out of four medical errors involve medication,” said Laurie Ryan, GPRMC's director of performance and clinical outcomes.
The results demonstrated active administrative support, education and training, utilization of technology and electronic documentation and, ultimately, an impressive decrease in medication administration errors that was sustained over time, the announcement said.
In addition to an award plaque, each winning hospital received a $1,000 cash prize.
The Quest for Excellence award is a joint initiative of the Nebraska Hospital Association, CIMRO of Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Nebraska Association for Healthcare Quality, Risk and Safety.
Fremont Med Center - blood transfusions
Fremont Area Medical Center was recognized for the successful implementation of a process to improve its non-urgent, routine blood transfusion process.
FAMC’s quality improvement project resulted in a reduction in the total time for the blood transfusion process and improvements to the overall quality of the process.
The results demonstrated active administrative support, education and training, utilization of technology and electronic documentation and, ultimately, an impressive timeframe reduction and improvements to the overall quality of the blood transfusion process, sustained over time.
FAMC successfully initiated improvements along each step of the blood transfusion process, from automating the blood testing process and changing the work flow process at the FAMC Blood Bank for more consistent turn-around times to reducing the timeframe between transporting the blood from the laboratory to initiating the blood transfusion to the patient.
GPRMC and FAMC have proven results and can be implemented by other hospitals and health care facilities.
The Nebraska Hospital Association is the influential voice of Nebraska’s hospitals and health systems, helping hospitals provide comprehensive care to their communities. The Association offers collaborative leadership, assisting its members to improve the health status of their communities. Since 1927, the NHA has provided legislative advocacy, educational programming, data information and communication to Nebraska’s hospitals.
For more information, please visit the NHA Web site at www.nhanet.org.