A Sanford Canby Medical
Center care team member has 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 Tammy Greenman accepted the quarterly MHA Good Catch for
Patient Safety Award at a presentation on May 23.
A patient presented to the emergency department (ED) with a low magnesium level
and was prescribed magnesium sulfate. When Greenman went to the pharmacy to
obtain the medication to administer it, she noticed that the individual doses
were smaller than the quantity that had been prescribed to the patient.
Greenman contacted the pharmacist on-call to question the dosing and was informed
that the smaller quantity was indeed the correct dose. The larger dose that had
been prescribed could have caused side effects for the patient. Greenman then
contacted the provider to discuss the recommended dosing and the dose was
changed, providing effective management of the patient's low magnesium level.
“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like Tammy
that Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient safety,” said
MHA Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Tania Daniels. “Tammy’s
efforts remind us what a difference each person can make to keep patients
Visit the MHA website to
complete nominate an employee or team for the award. To learn more,
contact Tania Daniels, 651-603-3517, or Dr. Rahul Koranne, chief medical officer, MHA, 651-659-1445.