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Intensive Care Unit
Unity's low mortality rate gets national recognition
For more information on the Intensive Care Unit at Unity Hospital call, 763-236-5000.
Unity was recently recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as a hospital with low mortality (death) rates.
Two contributing factors were the implementation of medical response teams in 2004, and the introduction of hospitalists in 2002. The medical response teams gather at a patient's bedside when nurses sense a life-threatening problem. Unity's hospitalists see patients everyday to ensure that patients are receiving the best possible care, resulting in greater communication and continuity.
"The staff here is just outstanding. Everyone, the nurses, doctors, specialists, and support staff, contributed and should feel very proud," said Judy Hoaglund, RN, MA, a nursing leader at Unity Hospital.
Unity has also been recognized by IHI for work done on reducing ventilator associated pneumonia, going 448 days without a single case. Other initiatives include tight control on glucose levels for all ICU patients and reducing catheter related bloodstream infections.
Mercy & Unity Hospitals have also received two important awards from the Minnesota Hospital Association – the 2004 Patient Safety Award and the 2004 Patient Care Innovation Award. These awards were given for the 50% reduction in ventilator associated pneumonia, also known as VAP, a deadly infection among intensive care patients.
Mercy & Unity Hospitals implemented the ventilator bundle concept as part of an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) collaborative on improving care in the intensive care unit (ICU).
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Intensive Care Unit information
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Source: The Association for Professionals in Infection Control Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, 2002; JCAHO Infection Control Standards, 2005; The Society for Critical Care Medicine Web site, www.sccm.org, Patient & Family
Reviewed by: Cindy D. Kamara, ICU interim nurse manager
First Published: 04/26/2007
Last Reviewed: 04/26/2007
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