Safety at Vidant Medical Center

Patient safety is the foundation of our performance efforts.

Our goal is to ensure patient safety in the hospital, which we measure by monitoring and reporting the number of harmful events that occur. The types of harmful events we monitor and work to eliminate are described below.

It is important to compare the number of events with our hospital's annual patient visit data (see below) to get an accurate overview of our safety performance.

 

Safety Events


Specific events that we measure and work to reduce are:

Falls resulting in injury

These are events in which a hospital patient suffers injuries in a fall. There are no nationally published statistics on the overall number of falls resulting in injury in hospitals. Our improvement work is focused on eliminating falls with injury, so we track every fall that results in injury.  Learn how we are working to reduce falls. 

 

Medication errors

These occur when patients receive the wrong dosage of a prescribed medication or the wrong type of medication. There are no nationally published statistics on the overall number of medication errors in hospitals. Learn how we are working to reduce medication errors. 

 

Skin breakdown

These occur when a hospital patient experiences significant pressure sores severe enough to damage the underlying tissue.There are no nationally published statistics on the overall number of skin breakdowns in hospitals. Learn how we are working to reduce skin breakdown. 

 

Infections

If a patient gets an infection while in the hospital, this is called a hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). HAIs, also known as health care-associated infections, encompass almost all clinically evident infections that do not originate from a patient's original admitting diagnosis.  Learn how we are working to reduce infections with our hand hygiene monitoring program. 

Device-related infections

These include infections related to the use of a central venous line (CVL), ventilator or urinary catheter. There are no nationally published statistics on device-related infections in hospitals.  Learn how we are reducing device-related infections at Vidant Medical Center, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CaUTI) and central venous line (CVL). 


 

MRSA

These events occur when a patient contracts Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) while in a health care facility. There are no nationally published statistics on the overall number of hospital-acquired MRSA in hospitals. Learn more about our efforts to reduce MRSA at Vidant Medical Center.

 
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