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Northfield Hospital earns safety award

Northfield Hospital has earned a Patient Safety Excellence Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its work in preventing retained objects in the operating room.

          Awards of excellence were recently given to 43 Minnesota hospitals that had implemented best practices for counting and accounting for all items used during invasive procedures, especially in the operating rooms. To qualify, facilities must demonstrate that they have implemented more than 90 percent of the recommended actions endorsed by the MHA.

          Tania Daniels, MHA Patient Safety vice president, said hospitals that qualify have achieved measurable and meaningful progress toward implementing best practices to drive down adverse health events.

 “Hospitals that receive these awards are to be commended,” she said “The bar is set very high.”

           Karen Geiger, RN, Director of Surgical Services at Northfield Hospital, took the lead on the Safe Account initiative. Her work team included Nancy Harrington, Lynette Marks, Annette Tschann, Patti Pflaum, Nicki Hamley, Whitney Bengen, Gary Breckenridge, Linda Rowan, Cheryl Jensen, Sheila Rodgers, Mary Witt, Bill Zoldey, Janice Duvick and Christina Bourbeau. 

           Northfield Hospital has previously been recognized with awards of excellence for its work on preventing falls, preventing pressure ulcers in patients, preventing wrong site surgeries, and for preventing sponges or other objects from being retained in patients after giving birth.