Quality and Safety News

This is a collection of news from UNC Health Care related to quality and safety initiatives.

Patient Information Release Forms now available online

Patient Information Release Forms for public relations and medical purposes are now available via the Intranet's "Forms" page.

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Patient Privacy - A message from Dr. Lindsey

Please read the following reminder regarding our patient privacy practices from Dr. Tony Lindsey, UNC Hospitals' Chief of Staff.

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First group of physicians on track to achieving Meaningful Use

Practice Quality and Innovation (PQI) wants to recognize the progress being made by providers and clinical areas in their use of the electronic health record in a “meaningful” way.

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February Privacy/Security Tip of the Month

The topic this month is: Security of Workstations in Shared, Open, or Public Access Areas.

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Privacy/Security Tip of the Month

The January 2012 Tip of the Month is: Do Not Respond to E-mails Requesting Personal Information!

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Deborah L. Radisch, MD, MPH

Deborah L. Radisch, MD, MPH

Deborah L. Radisch, MD, MPH is Professor and Chief Medical Examiner in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She is an expert on forensic pathology, injury prevention, child fatality prevention.

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Policy change for visitors of patients on Contact Precautions

Beginning Oct. 1, visitors of patients who are on Contact Precautions will no longer be required to wear gloves and a gown while visiting in the Contact Precautions room. This policy change is consistent with the CDC recommendations for the control of multi-drug resistance bacteria.

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Inexpensive infection control measures could save thousands of lives, billions of dollars

Inexpensive infection control measures could save thousands of lives, billions of dollars

A new study by UNC researchers finds that an inexpensive set of infection control measures could potentially save many thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

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Register your poster for the Commitment to Caring Quality Expo

The annual Commitment to Caring Quality Expo will be held on Oct. 25 – 26 from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the lobbies of the NC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals. Show us what your unit or team has done this year to improve the quality of care and services at UNC Health Care by sharing your success in a poster.

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Hospitals Police seeks assistance in keeping entrances secure after hours

Hospitals Police are asking for your assistance in keeping the perimeter doors secured nights and weekends. The Children’s Hospital Entrance is our 24/7 access for our patients and visitors.

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Introducing the Innovations Unit on 4 Anderson North

Please read this note from Mary Tonges, PhD, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, about a new innovations unit located on 4 Anderson North and the work they have done to provide high quality and efficient care to patients.

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June Privacy/Security tip of the month

The topic of the month for June is "Release of Patient Information for Research Purposes." Read on for more details and to view an archive of previous tips.

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Joint Commission Readiness – Maintaining Clear Corridors – Why does it matter?

More than 50 percent of hospitals surveyed in 2010 were cited for improper corridor storage. Why is it so important to keep our corridors clear?

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May Privacy/Security Tip of the Month

This month's topic is “Cell Phones – Personal Usage.”

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Introduction to Meaningful Use of EHR - A message from Dr. Roper

Please read the following message from Dr. William L. Roper, CEO, UNC Health Care, about a health care quality initiative requiring that we show Meaningful Use of our Electronic Health Record.

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April Privacy/Security Tip-of-the-Month

The April tip-of-the-month is about leaving information on answering machines.

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PICU Celebrates VAP-Free Year

PICU Celebrates VAP-Free Year

Hats off to the PICU! As of March 12, one year has passed since the last ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in the Pediatric ICU. Such a huge milestone called for a celebration!

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March Privacy/Security Tip

The Privacy/Security Tip of the Month for March is about fax cover sheets.

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