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Safety Icons at PPMC

Michele Volpe (right) and Lee Erickson, MD, Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer at PPMC (center), present team members from the SICU with the grand prize trophy for their project, “You Raise Me Up.”

A special thank you to all those involved in making this year’s National Patient Safety Week at PPMC a success! The 9th Annual Patient Safety Fair at PPMC was held March 4 and 5, in the Wright-Saunders Lobby and Medical Conference Room.

This year’s theme, “Culture of Safety,” focused on ways in which units and departments demonstrate ways to improve safety for faculty, staff, patients and guests. Our commitment to patient safety at PPMC was showcased in posters displayed and presented by units and departments from around the hospital. Participants introduced important safety topics linked to the new safety icons used with the recently implemented version of Safety Net.

On Thursday, March 6, four deserving participants were awarded for their projects and presentations. Winners of the grand prize, a team from the SICU, presented on mechanical ceiling lifts.

After realizing that nurses were lifting too much weight and some patients struggled with getting out of bed, the SICU team worked to increase the number of mechanical lifts in their unit from two to 16 (one for each room in the SICU).

The lifts contribute to the culture of safety by decreasing the risk of pressure ulcers, helping patients to get moving after surgeries, and safely transferring patients from beds to stretchers or chairs. The lifts are also safer for patients who require physical therapy by helping to prevent falls.

As the winners of this year’s Patient Safety Fair, two members of the SICU team will be heading to San Diego this June to attend RL Palooza 2014, the annual users meeting for the Penn Medicine Safety Net.

Congratulations to all our participants!

Click here for a slideshow of photos from the safety fair and awards ceremony.

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