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LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant Program Expanded

August 17, 2017

LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant Program Expanded

Now entering its third year, LAMMICO’s Patient Safety Award and Grant program is increasing the monetary award to a $10,000 grant for the winning hospital or facility. In addition to the increased monetary prize, we have also opened the award and grant program to hospitals and facilities in Mississippi, in addition to Arkansas and Louisiana. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

This year’s Award and Grant topic is “Improving Patient Safety Through Handoff Communication.” The Joint Commission found that 70 percent of all Sentinel Events in the hospital setting result from failures in communication – and of those, half occur due to inadequate information transfer at handoff. This means an astounding 35 percent of all Sentinel Events are handoff-related. Patient handoffs are defined by The Joint Commission as the “real-time process of passing patient-specific information from one caregiver to another or from one team of caregivers to another for the purpose of ensuring the continuity and safety of the patient’s care”.1

In the face of such dismal risk-related statistics, The Joint Commission requires all accredited healthcare providers to implement a standardized approach to handoff communication. Though standardized handoff procedures have been proven to reduce adverse events, LAMMICO emphasizes that re-training on effective handoffs can help to re-energize and reinforce best practice of established hospital procedures.  

To aid in the continuing risk education of facilities across the region, LAMMICO offers several online courses free of charge for Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi hospitals and facilities. These monographs review the most recent recommendations from accrediting bodies and professional nursing organizations regarding handoff communication between nurses. The focus on existing tools and strategies facilitates access to valuable information for nursing leadership and staff. Resources cited in our continuing education aid in identifying areas for improvement and realistic ways to implement changes that will ultimately improve both patient satisfaction and outcomes. The following monographs are available on our subsidiary site, www.medicalinteractive.com:

LAMMICO will present the Award and Grant to the hospital or facility that can attest to sharing our monographs with their medical and nursing staff; confirm use of the monographs by staff; subsequently standardize and implement their handoff communication tool/process; and submit the best examples of motivational communication presented to their staff in 2017. Applicants are not required to be insured by LAMMICO to participate in our patient safety award program.

Because LAMMICO values our healthcare community’s commitment to creating safer environments for patient care, our award this year will include the following prizes:

Winner

  • $10,000 grant to be used for nursing professional development
  • One-year Risk Manager membership to the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
  • One-year Medical Interactive Community membership free of charge to all staff and physicians to access our accredited risk management education and toolkits online
  • Trophy to be presented at a LAMMICO-sponsored celebration at the winner's facility

Honoree

  • $2,000 grant to be used for nursing professional development
  • One-year Risk Manager membership to the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
  • One-year Medical Interactive Community membership free of charge to all staff and physicians to access our accredited risk management education and toolkits online

To learn more about this program or to submit your application, please contact LAMMICO’s Hospital Risk Management Specialist, Lynne Vega, BSN, RN at lvega@lammico.com or 504.841.2738.

1.   Anderson J, Shroff D, Curtis A, et al. The Veterans Affairs shift change physician-to-physician handoff project. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2010;36(2):62-71.

 

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