The 2017 Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) Patient Safety
Awards were recently featured at the statewide Patient Safety Conference on
March 14. Outstanding work in Lucas County Health Center (LCHC) led that
hospital to earn the Patient Safety Grand Prize award.
This award is presented to healthcare providers and/or
healthcare organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and
achievement in patient safety. The Patient Safety Award aims to raise the
standard of healthcare in Iowa by promoting a culture of continuous improvement
in quality, safety and value. This award honors patient safety champions that
support the following initiatives: improving patient safety, reducing the risk
of harm and keeping patients at the center of care.
LCHC made great strides in improving medication safety for
their patients in a multitude of ways. From bedside medication scanning to
interdepartmental medication safety committees, LCHC has continued to drive its
efforts forward. These efforts and hard
work paid off as the hospital's medication error rate decreased from 13% in the
fiscal year 2012/2013 to 4% in 2015/2016.
Education also played a major role in medication safety
improvements. Through conversations with patients, LCHC staff realized some of
them were not understanding the medications they were being sent home with.
This led to the development of the "My Medication List." This document is
written in a way that is easy for the patient to follow and is discussed before
the patient is sent home. These changes helped improve patient safety
"We are very proud of the work being done in Iowa," said Dr.
Tom Evans, president and CEO of IHC. "Patient
safety is about eliminating unintended consequences of medical care. This award
allows us to highlight some of the best efforts in our state as we work toward
our vision of delivering the most effective and efficient healthcare in the