An inspirational trip to Kansas
It was such a great honor to be on hand to present the first annual AvaPrize award to the team at Salina Regional Health Center in Kansas, which earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award for the most complete AvaSys program.
The ceremony itself was inspirational; the opportunity to meet and shake the hands of the team that is responsible for these impressive results was well worth the trip. In just the short time spent onsite, I could hear the passion from the team about how important patient safety is. Everyone involved – senior leadership, nurse managers, nurses, patient safety attendants and others – takes pride in their job and keeping patients safe while in their care.
I spent some time at the monitoring station with the techs. The great results reflected in the award are a direct result of the quality of Salina’s monitor tech team. The team has provided 53,000 hours of monitoring for more than 900 patients. They shared good catch examples, memorable redirections, and tips and tricks they have learned over the course of eight months of being live with AvaSys. This group could write the book for how to be a successful observer.
It felt good to hear that AvaSys is truly playing a big role in keeping patients safe, with the fall rate dropping by nearly 60%. It’s an added benefit that Salina has been able to reduce costs by nearly $750,000 in such a short period of time due to reduced reliance on 1:1 sitters.
The staff at Salina Regional Health Center was proud to receive the Patient Safety Excellence Award. This award was well deserved and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them. They plan on expanding telemonitoring to other units and other hospitals within the the Sunflower Health Network, a group of 17 hospitals in north central Kansas founded in 1994 to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery within the region. The future looks bright.