YOKOSUKA, KANAGAWA, JAPAN
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Organized by the U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka’s Nursing Services, the 'The Room of Errors' was featured in the facility during National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2016.
With the theme of 2017 being “United in Patient Safety,” National Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF).
Each year, health care organizations internationally take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources among hospital staff and patients.
USNH Yokosuka does its part to show its participation by way of the ‘Room of Errors’, a staged patient room featuring Sim Man 3G, a mannequin emergency patient simulator designed to help improve critical time management, decision making, communication and handovers between departments within the facility.
Every department within a hospital has a goal to make sure all patient rooms are safe from hazards to patient safety. 'Room of Errors' is set up as a training mechanism for staff members to view and document how many potential safety issues that they can find.
“The Room of Errors just reminds me of how much of a good job we do,” said Lt. Cmdr. Camille White, USNH Yokosuka perioperative nurse. “It’s the little things that make a difference. For example, we want to make sure our curtains are within date to insure that we are not exposing the patient to any kind of bacteria or virus due to them being unclean. So even though we may do good work behind the scenes, we want to make sure when the patient comes into a room or whenever they are an inpatient – that we keep the room clean and tidy. That is a positive look for us as a hospital to present to the public and that is another way for us to show that we do take care of our patients.”
Maximum participation by the staff was encouraged in order to gain knowledge of what issues to look for and the process care providers have to follow to report events. In all, a total of 33 hazardous errors were created to identify, ranging from items such as paper and plastics on the floor, to empty drink containers, empty soap dispensers, and even an unattended urine sample.
For those who took on the challenge of findings in the room, it enhanced the importance of patient care from not only a professional standpoint, but also from a personal one.
“Sometimes we as care providers do things because we are in a rush; we’re in a hurry and we don’t notice that there’s a lot of dangerous things that we may leave behind when we walk out of the room,” said Lt. Christina Carter, USNH Yokosuka Labor and Delivery nurse. “Some of them are pretty obvious while others you may not even notice, so I think the Room of Errors is a fun way to highlight those things and that we are always performing our best to provide the finest care to the patients.”
Both officers continued to emphasize the importance of care providers to maintain safety simplicity while also paying close attention to detail.
“For me, patient safety is just about going back to the basics,” said White. “This is definitely how we conduct business day-to-day at USNH, and taking care of patients to the best of our ability is what we do. ‘Serving with care’ is our motto.”
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