• Reduce Employee Injury Rates

    We will achieve and maintain the lowest rates of hospital employee injury and reduce our current rate by no less than 50 percent by June 30, 2015

    At Cincinnati Children’s, we are working to make our institution the safest it can be for our employees.  We do this not just because we value our staff, but also because we know that employee and patient safety are inextricably linked. We must address the two as one system − you cannot achieve one without the other. 

    Within our institution we define harm in the same way it is defined across much of industry:

    • Deaths
    • Lost-time injuries
    • OSHA recordable injuries
    • All injuries 

    Most injuries stem from slips, falls, blood-borne pathogen exposures and patient interactions. Efforts to address these sources of harm include:

    • Implementation of a safe pathway program for traveling the campus during inclement weather
    • Deployment of spill pad stations to allow for quick cleanup of nonhazardous spills
    • A campaign to encourage the use of umbrella bags to keep floors clear of puddles
    • Work to smooth walkways and clearly mark uneven surfaces
    • Development of safe zones for passing sharps
    • Purchase of sharps with safety devices whenever possible
    • Development of plans to reduce harm from patient interactions
    • Formation of a multidisciplinary adaptive care team to advise how to care for patients who may need extra help 

    We believe with a continued focus on understanding and measuring harm, transparency on our outcomes, the development of high reliability processes and a focus on expected safety behaviors we will achieve our goal of reaching the lowest rates of hospital employee injury.

  • Video: Reducing Harm

  • Expected Safety Behaviors

    Personally Commit to Safety

    > Practice and encourage team member checking / coaching using ARC (ask a question, request a change, voice a concern)

    > Stop and review, resolve and reassess when questions arise

    Communicate Clearly

    > Use SBAR (situation, background, assessment, recommendation) to communicate patient concerns

    > Use the Cincinnati Children’s “hand-off” process when transferring patient care responsibility

    > Use repeat backs and read backs

    > Ask and encourage clarifying questions

    > Document legibly and accurately

    Pay Attention to Detail

    > Practice STAR – stop, think, act, review

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