The National Patient Safety Goals are a guide that ECHN uses to keep our patients safe. They were established by The Joint Commission (TJC), an accrediting body that ensures ECHN is a fully accredited organization and are updated on a yearly basis. ECHN focuses on the National Patient Safety Goals to ensure that we are delivering safe, effective and high quality patient care. See what ECHN is doing for each National Patient Safety Goal to keep our patients safe!

The Patient Safety Committee

The Patient Safety Committee is made up of staff members throughout many ECHN departments. This group meets once a month to review and discuss various patient safety issues, review data and events and develop plans to intervene when necessary to improve patient safety. 
Some examples of why our Patient Safety Committee is important:
  • Fall Rates: We have instituted the “Stay with Me” program in which a staff member stays with any patient who is a high risk for a fall when the patient needs to get up to the bathroom or the commode. This program has led to a decrease in our fall rates and an increase in safety for our patients.
  • Pressure Ulcer Rates: We have an organized program in which a certified wound and skin nurse is on every unit to make sure that our patients get the best skin care to prevent any current or future problems.
  • Medication Administration: We have computerized systems that add to the safety of our medication administration process, we closely review all information related to medications and when necessary, we make changes to improve these processes.
  • Infection Prevention: We stress importance of staff hand washing before and after caring for each patient. We have infection control specialists reviewing all situations related to infection to ensure every precaution is in place to prevent patient infection. We monitor our infection rates to make sure they are the lowest possible and remain low.
  • Rapid Response Team: When there is a change in condition of a patient our Rapid Response team immediately goes to the patient’s room to assess the patient and make recommendations to help stabilize or transfer to a higher level of care. We review information related to this team to make sure we are responding to patient needs quickly and efficiently.