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2006: CDH Increases Investment in Patient Safety
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CDH Increases Investment in Patient Safety

Tool Provides Advanced Technology in IV Pharmaceutical Safety

WINFIELD, Ill., December 18, 2006 — Named in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for patient safety, Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) recently invested more than $2.5 million to acquire an intravenous medication safety system.

“Investing in the Cardinal Health Alaris® System is just another way we help protect our patients,” says David Cooke, MD, medical director of quality and safety at CDH. “Nationally, two thirds of adverse drug reactions occur with IV drug administration; CDH patients already are more likely to have a safer hospital experience than at 95% of hospitals nationwide.  With our new infusion system, we have the ability to configure our hospital’s best practice for infusion limits around each drug, each dose and each type of patient.”

The implementation of the new infusion system has also led to changes in the way the hospital pharmacy prepares the drugs. The drug library is configured by the hospital and is embedded in the system’s Guardrails® software, which includes standardized mixtures of drugs and solutions further reducing the risk of error.

The nursing staff also prefers the new infusion system. “The nurses love the new pumps, because they benefit the overall safety of the patient and add a new dimension to their job. We work for a hospital that cares enough to invest in the very best equipment and technology to protect the patients,” comments Michele Smith, RN I, BSN, CMSRN, who helped manage the new pump installation project for CDH.

The new infusion system is one of many investments made by CDH to insure medication safety. Bar coding is also used to properly identify drugs and strengths at the point of pharmacy receipt and distribution. Bar coding is again applied when the shots or pills are administered to confirm the right drug is being given in the right dose to the right patient at the right time. Both pharmacists and nurses receive alerts of possible drug interactions, allergies and side effects.

“Technology is a powerful tool to improve patient safety,” says Dr. Cooke, “but it works best when coupled with standardized and reliable processes. We have worked very hard at CDH to integrate all processes and initiate best practices.”

Central DuPage is one of four hospitals in Illinois to have the Alaris® System “smart pump” technology, and the only one to have the newest hardware and software features.

In April of 2006, Central DuPage Hospital was named among the nation's top 5 percent for patient safety, according to HealthGrades, the nation's leading healthcare ratings company. Central DuPage Hospital is one of only nine hospitals in Illinois to receive the 2006 Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety and the only recipient in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will counties.

HealthGrades estimates that if all Medicare patients had been treated at Distinguished Hospitals for Patient Safety during the evaluation period, 280,134 patient safety events, 44,153 deaths and $2.45 billion in costs could have been avoided. In addition, patients treated at award-winning hospitals such as Central DuPage Hospital are also 43 percent less likely to experience an adverse, preventable event during their stay than patients treated at other hospitals.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. It is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County. A partnership with Children’s Memorial Hospital (www.CMHatCDH.org) provides children in the suburbs west of Chicago access to the pediatric and neonatal specialists of Children’s Memorial.

In 2006, Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) received several national ratings for clinical excellence from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company. CDH was rated Top 5% in the nation for Stroke Care; Top 10% in the nation for Critical Care; and nationally rated for Joint Replacement. It has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades for Patient Safety.

The hospital is an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information visit www.cdh.org.

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