WILLARD Mercy Hospital of Willard is aware that patient safety is the first priority, which is why the nurses and staff are recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week, which runs through Saturday.
"We feel it is important that health care providers listen to their patients, explain with basic terms, and encourage patients to be partners in their care," says Pam Napier, chief nursing officer at Mercy Hospital of Willard. "Patients should take ownership in their condition and care by asking questions and become a partner with their doctor and nurses in managing their healthcare."
Mercy Willard is constantly looking for ways to improve patient safety. Recently the hospital installed hygiene stations. The purpose of the hygiene stations is to provide the public with information and tools to help protect themselves and patients from the spread of germs. The stations are located in emergency department waiting room, front lobby, second floor patient areas, the birthing center, and at the Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.
Mercy Willard has also recently implemented a rapid response team, which is a specially trained group of nurses and respiratory therapists, designed to immediately respond if a the nurse, patient or family feel that they patient's condition is worsening. This team goes to the patient bedside, assesses the patient and takes appropriate action. This patient will then be evaluated frequently by the team until the patient's condition stabilizes.