Safety

NO SUCH THING AS SAFETY WITHOUT NURSES

As we approach Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13-19), clinicians and health systems are called to focus their institutional safety culture as well as the practices that support improved outcomes for patients. What is at stake? The National Patient Safety Goals for Hospitals identified by the Joint Commission for 2022 highlight specific call-outs for improvement, …

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6 Things About Being A Registered Dietitian For The NICU & Pediatrics

In recognition of Nutrition Awareness Month, I was delighted to interview two Registered Dietitians at Connecticut Children’s about the ins and outs of their clinical nutrition program in the Milk Room, NICU and Pediatrics floors. Thank you to Jennifer Zarrilli, MS, RD, CD-N and AnnMarie Spizzoucco, RD, CD-N for the insightful and candid interview! 1. …

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Manufacturers Barcode Scanning

“Should we be scanning breast milk?” “Ok, but what about the fortifiers? And bases for complex formulas? How about ready-to-feeds?” We hear these conversations at NICUs and children’s hospitals often. For some clinical nutrition programs, it’s important to scan a variety of products, in addition to human milk. Two-person administration verifications for maternal and donor …

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Why the final baby-to-bottle scan is insufficient?

When the Institute of Medicine published its groundbreaking report To Err is Human in 2000, patient safety moved to the forefront of healthcare initiatives throughout the US. From instituting electronic medical records in hospitals nation-wide to transitioning to barcode-scanning systems for medication administration, the face of healthcare in 2017 is very different than it was …

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