Malvern, PA (August 18, 2011) – Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is one of four Pennsylvania hospitals honored for developing and implementing innovative programs designed to enhance patient safety. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) presented the 2011 Achievement Award for Patient Safety to the Malvern-based rehabilitation hospital and recognized the hospital’s Medication Safety Vest Program as innovative and a best practice to enhance patient safety. In presenting the award to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital President Donna M. Phillips, HAP cited the hospital’s commitment to its patients and its focus on patient safety in establishing its program to reduce medication errors and omissions.
“The Medication Safety Vest Program is an example of the commitment hospitals and health systems make every day to their patients,” said HAP President and CEO Carolyn Scanlan. “This program is among the most innovative and creative in the healthcare field and HAP salutes this accomplishment.”
The hospital’s Medication Safety Vest Program was developed to reduce medication errors and omissions. The program was developed based on research gathered at the hospital. The program requires that nurses wear an easily-identifiable colored vest when administering medications and staff, patients and patient family members are asked to refrain from interrupting or distracting any nurse when they are wearing the vest. Since implementing the program, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has achieved marked decreases in interruptions during the medication administration process and in medications errors that are the result of distractions.
HAP’s Achievement Awards program began in 1978 to recognize the innovation of Pennsylvania’s hospital and healthcare organizations. This year, 168 entries were received. “This award is a tribute to the dedication of our patient care staff that continually goes above and beyond to achieve the highest level of patient care, patient safety and patient satisfaction,” said Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital President Donna M. Phillips. “We believe our Medication Safety Vest Program is a best practice that all hospitals can follow to achieve zero medication errors and it shows our commitment to providing the safest, highest quality rehabilitation and patient care.”
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. As a 148-bed, not-for-profit hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services, including acute inpatient care, as well as outpatient services for adults and adolescents. The range of illnesses and injuries treated at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital includes traumatic, mild traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, spinal cord injury and amputee and orthopedic injuries and illnesses. In addition, the Main Line Health Outpatient Rehab Network provides rehabilitation services at convenient locations in Philadelphia’s western suburbs for patients of all ages. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.
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