Two Phillips Eye Institute care
team members have received the award that recognizes hospital professionals who
demonstrate their commitment to keeping patients safe by speaking up to prevent
a potential patient safety issue.
Registered nurse Melissa Ruud and
certified surgical technologist Theresa Silge accepted the quarterly Minnesota
Hospital Association (MHA) Good Catch for Patient Safety award at a
presentation on April 11.
Ruud and Silge were preparing to
conduct an eye procedure on a patient. While setting up the operating room,
they did verbal verification of the procedure to be conducted, a two-person process
recently implemented by Phillips Eye Institute to enhance patient safety. Ruud
noted that the lens implant selected for the patient was for the left eye, but
the surgery consent was for the right eye.
Ruud brought this information to
the attention of the surgeon, who referred to her office documentation to
verify that the lens selected was indeed incorrect. The surgeon informed Ruud
which lens she wanted and the correct lens was selected and again verified by
the surgeon’s documentation before the procedure was conducted.
“Continuous improvement in
surgical and procedural safety is one of the priority focus areas for
Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems, as well as for MHA. This good catch
exemplifies the types of best practices that we are working to spread across
the state to enhance patient safety,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, MHA’s chief
medical officer. “Good teamwork across all disciplines is essential to taking
care of patients undergoing any type of surgery. Nurses, surgeons, surgical
techs, anesthesiologists and many other care team members play central, active
roles in keeping patients safe.”
The Good Catch for
Patient Safety program recognizes hospital professionals for actions that
protect patients. All award winners are entered into the running to receive the
quarterly Good Catch for Patient Safety award. Quarterly winners are eligible
to be honored with the annual Good Catch for Patient Safety award presented at
the MHA Annual Awards banquet in the spring.
Individuals seeking to nominate an employee or team for the award can visit
the MHA website to complete a
nomination form. To learn more, contact Tania Daniels, vice president, quality and patient safety, MHA, 651-603-3517,
or Dr. Rahul Koranne, 651-659-1445.