Farmington Hills, Mich. (March 20, 2009)---Karen Dittrick, R.N., of Highland and an intensive care unit nurse at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., has been selected as a recipient of the hospital’s 2009 Safety Excellence Award. The award recognizes employees’ contributions to the hospital’s safety initiatives.
Marge Hasler, R.N., Botsford Hospital’s vice-president and chief nursing officer and chair of the hospital’s Safety Board, says, “Karen is making a difference in patient safety through her leadership of the Botsford rapid assessment team.”
A proven assessment and treatment model, the team’s outcomes include reduced numbers of cardiac and respiratory arrests in the hospital, tracheal intubations, and saved lives. The service also helps with bed flow issues by preventing inappropriate ICU admissions. This life-saving patient service began last July.
Floor nurses are trained to recognize the signs of patient decline and know when to page the rapid assessment team. When a patient’s condition is declining, a medical/surgical unit nurse mobilizes the rapid assessment team to the patient. The team arrives at the bedside, bringing early and speedy intervention. These experienced ICU nurses assess the patient’s condition and implement care. When appropriate, a rapid assessment team also includes a medical resident and/or a respiratory therapist. The problem is resolved, or the patient is transferred to the hospital’s Progressive Care Unit or the ICU for more monitored care. Four hours after the initial assessment of the patient, the team does rounds and performs follow-up assessment and care. They debrief the patient’s floor nurse with all information gathered.
“The service is going great. Floor nurses love it, and physicians appreciate the interventional care we bring to their patients,” Dittrick says. “With a team from Botsford’s ICU at the patient’s bedside, physicians on the floor can be freed up to contact the patient’s family, review the patient’s chart and contact the attending physician.”
Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2007 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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