MedStaff Update: December 2012
When the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association announced that Stanford was the first hospital in the nation to meet the standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, it didn't come as a big surprise to the Stroke Center's team. For them, it was the culmination of a 20-year journey to develop an integrated neuroscience center.
Nearly 180 physicians, nurses and administrators spent an afternoon discussing how to improve patient safety and quality at the 6th Annual Quality Summit. Thought-provoking scenarios and novel approaches challenged attendees to do more to listen to and engage patients, improve communication and reduce errors.
In the current era of team-based health care, Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) are playing an increasingly important role at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, working to the full extent of their education in almost every medical specialty. They provide continuity of care for patients, fill staffing gaps caused by limited trainee work hours and increase capacity in busy areas.
A resident had two patients' charts open in the electronic medical record and inadvertently entered an order for an IV drug in the wrong patient's medical record. Read about how confirmation and verification are pivotal steps in promoting patient safety.
FEATURED GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
By Lloyd Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine
In addition to being dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, I am delighted to be a member of the staff of Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC). With a new state-of-the-art facility now starting to come out of the ground, it is an exciting time at SHC, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such an outstanding leader as president and CEO Amir Dan Rubin.
One of my primary responsibilities as dean is leading the Campaign for Stanford Medicine on behalf of the School of Medicine, SHC and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Launched last summer with an initial goal of $1 billion over three years, the Campaign has garnered so much generosity among our many enthusiastic supporters and transformative ideas among our academic community that we are already looking toward the next billion.