Take a moment this October 20-26 to reflect on all of the great improvements that have occurred at Platte Valley Medical Center this year. Here are just a few of the organization-wide projects and there are many more department specific projects:
- Joint Commission Stroke Certification
- Planetree and Patient Experience
- Health and Wellness Program
- Information Systems
- Clinical Quality Measures
- Joint Commission triennial accreditation
- Central Registration Redesign
- Reducing Readmissions
- Reducing Falls
Thanks to the entire organization for its willingness to adopt improvements and to our Performance Improvement Department that helps us facilitate and measure improvements.
Our PI team: Sandy Alexander, Marie Campbell, Colleen Casaceli, Wendy Colon, Shari Engelhardt, Carol Hurdlebrink, Phadrah Milligan, and Cynthia Reeves.
Please join us for PVMC’s first Farmer’s Market EXPRESS – Harvest Edition on Friday, Oct 25 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the bistro.
The Harvest addition will feature the following:
Organic product from Berry Patch Farms and Great Harvest Bread Company including:
- winter squash
- mini pumpkins and gourds
- heirloom pie pumpkins
- apple butter
- harvest breads and treats
Please come pick up some healthy produce, get your Halloween pumpkins and meet your wellness goals for fruit & vegetable consumption as well!
Cash, check, credit card, and employee badge deduction will all be accepted as payment.
Group Sessions Available at Pennock Center for Counseling
Please see the attached Life Skills Group 2013 flyer from Pennock Center for Counseling. They are offering at no cost, group sessions to help individuals deal with the stresses of everyday life.
At Platte Valley Medical Center, the Rapid Response Team is different from the Code Blue Team that responds to a patient experiencing a cardiac or respiratory arrest. Code Blue is drawn from a medical model. An example would be a hospital patent “Coding” –no breathing, no pulse. The patent’s skin would become blue or ashen – hence Code Blue. The Rapid Response Team intervenes upstream from a “potential code” situation, relying on bedside nurses who are highly sensitive to signs that a patient’s condition is deteriorating, and empowered to call others into action. The Rapid Response and Code Blue staff includes an experienced critical care charge nurse, a respiratory therapist, House Supervisor, Phlebotomist and physician (critical care or hospitalist). A code team leader will be a physician in attendance on any code team; this individual is responsible for directing the resuscitation effort and is said to “run the code.”
Hospitals using Rapid Response Teams typically observe reductions in the number of cardiac arrests, unplanned transfers to the ICU, and, in some cases, the overall mortality rate.
When a patient demonstrates signs of imminent clinical deterioration or early signs of potential downward spiral, nurses on units outside of the ICU call a “Rapid Response Team,” also known as a RAT. Bedside nurses call by phone or overhead page, and team members are alerted simultaneously or sequentially. During a Code Blue, the bedside nurse pushes the blue button on the wall in the patient’s room or calls #555 so it is announced over the hospital public address system. During a RAT or Code Blue, appropriate staff and doctors would immediately drop what they are doing and respond with the Crash Cart to the coding patent.
RAPID RESPONSE TEAM (RRT)
Criteria for calling the RRT:
- Concern that something is wrong
- Acute change in heart rate (<40 and >130 BPM)
- Acute change in systolic blood pressure (<90 MM HG)
- Acute changes in respiratory rate (<8 OR >24 RPM)
- Acute changes in O2 saturation (<90% despite supplemental oxygen)
- Acute change in mental status
CODE BLUE C
Criteria for calling code blue:
- All Cardiac and Respiratory arrest
- Acute changes in Vital Signs.
- Airway – Threatened
- Breathing – All Respiratory arrests (RR<5, RR>36)
- Circulation – All Cardiac Arrest (Pulse rate<40 or >140)
- Neurological – Sudden fall in level of consciousness or repeated or prolonged seizures
- Other – any patient who may not fit the criteria above who you are seriously worried about
Plant Services has a few visible projects in the works. Here is a status update:
A. General Maintenance Work on Asphalt Paving
- August 7: Concrete pad Expansion of the RTD Bus Stop in the West Driveway
- August 8: Infraed Patching Work on the large cracked area
- August 12 – 14: Crack Seal on the small cracked area
Most work will be scheduled in the evening hours. Any disruption to normal traffic is not anticipated.
B. Storage Building
- 4,800 square feet simple concrete block building will be erected in the south of the present CUP building (East side of the main hospital).
- G.H.Phipps is the general contractor.
- The construction should be completed by mid-January, 2014.
- Upon an occupancy, all stored items in the 3rd floor Storage Space will be relocated to this building.