A Regions Hospital care team member has received the award that recognizes hospital and health system professionals who demonstrate their commitment to keeping patients safe by speaking up to prevent a potential patient safety issue.
Registered nurse Amanda Hauth accepted the quarterly Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Good Catch for Patient Safety Award at a virtual presentation on Sept. 1.
Hauth was serving as triage charge nurse when a patient discharged back to the lobby after his visit for a minor complaint. She kept an eye on the patient while he waited for his ride during the first snowstorm. The patient appeared to have fallen asleep, but Hauth sensed something was wrong. She checked on the patient and found him to be perspiring heavily, unconscious and barely breathing.
Upon identification of these concerning symptoms, Hauth responded quickly to emergently transport the patient to a resuscitation room. Her situational awareness, astute observation and genuine concern for the patient saved him from an overdose.
“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like Amanda that Minnesota hospitals and health systems continue to be front-runners in patient safety,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, president and CEO, MHA. “Amanda’s efforts remind us what a difference each person can make to ensure Minnesotans are healthy and have access to the right care at the right time in the right place.”
The Good Catch for Patient Safety program recognizes hospital and health system professionals for actions that protect patients. All Good Catch for Patient Safety 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.
Visit the MHA website to nominate a hospital or health system employee or team for the award. To learn more, contact Tania Daniels, vice president of quality and safety, MHA.